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Changes to VAT for goods sold to the UK Coming Jan 2021

Starting January 2021, businesses selling goods or publications into the UK will be required to register through HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), collect VAT from customers, and remit VAT to HMRC quarterly.

We are working with our partner carriers to better understand the impacts on our clients and how we can help. Should you have any questions about this new requirement, we recommend that you reach out to HMRC directly.

However, if you sell to the UK, we highly suggest reading some of these resources to prepare for these changes. This will help you gain a better understanding of how this change may impact your business and what steps you need to take prior to January.

As a reminder, international shipments must comply with the destination country’s customs requirements. It is the shipper’s responsibility to understand and adhere to any requirements. Some of the most common reasons for delays in customs clearance include:

  • Inaccurate or misleading declared value
    • One of the most common duty and tax disputes is incorrectly declared value: always represent the actual transaction value as this can lead to delays and even possible fines.
  • Vague or misleading descriptions of products
  • Shipping non-compliant or restricted items: each country has unique requirements for what you can ship
  • Missing or incomplete address or contact information

Find more of our international shipping tips on our blog.