UK Relations with EU

Treasury written question – answered on 22nd July 2020.

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Photo of Rachel Reeves Rachel Reeves Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to The Border with the European Union: Importing and Exporting Goods, published on 13 July 2020, what assessment he has made of the potential cost to businesses of making customs declarations if they decide not to use a customs intermediary.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

There are a number of different types of customs declarations depending on how goods are moved and under which procedure.

The latest published estimates are in the third edition impact assessment from December 2018, which are based on historic data. The estimates of the range are between £20-£56 for import declarations, and £15-£46 for export declarations.

The final costs of completing customs declarations will vary significantly from business to business depending on how often they trade, and how they choose to fulfil customers’ requirements; some will use an intermediary while others will do it themselves.

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