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UK Import Tariff in the event of a no deal Brexit

The UK Government has published a draft of the temporary rates of customs duty in the event of a no deal Brexit.  The tariff will apply from 2300 hours on 29 March 2019 for up to 12 months while a full consultation and a review on a permanent approach is carried out.

If goods are not listed they will have a zero duty rate.  The majority of fresh fruit, vegetables and cut flowers will be tariff free, however there are exceptions for some imports of bananas and beans.  Members can check these details in the extract available below.

We are seeking clarification with regard to the position for Egyptian and Kenyan beans.  Do let us know if there are any other concerns.

The draft UK Customs Tariff Quotas have also been published – FPC has produced a summary of the specific fresh produce tariff quotas.  Members can access this below.

FPC has issued an update to members (available below for members) with further advice including importer scenarios for Defra plant health under a no deal scenario; arrangements on the Irish border; EU guidance on customs arrangements in the event of a no deal Brexit; and guidance from the French customs authorities.


FPC Importers Guide

FPC has published two versions of its Importers Guide to provide members with as much information as is available currently:

  • FPC Guide to Importing Fresh Produce to the UK

This version of the Importers Guide is effectively a ‘status quo’ with some updates from the 2018 version.  It will be valid in the event of the UK reaching a Withdrawal Agreement with the EU and the implementation of a transition period

  • FPC Guide to Importing Fresh Produce to the UK - No deal Brexit

This version of the Importers Guide covers arrangements for importing from the EU which would come into place in the event of a no deal Brexit.

Both guides are available free to members to download either below or from our publications page.


Register for EORI now – reminder

You’ll need to have a UK issued Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number if you are a business established in the UK and will import or export goods with the EU from 11pm GMT on 29 March 2019.  Make sure you register in time here. 


Grants available for businesses completing customs declarations

Just to remind FPC members that there are two grants available to help businesses complete customs declarations:

  • Training that helps employees complete customs declarations and processes
  • IT improvements to help your business compete customs declarations more efficiently

You can apply if your business completes customs declarations and is established in, or has a branch in the UK.  This includes customs brokers, freight forwarders and fast parcel operators.

Find out more from HMRC here and see the guidance on application process.


UK future trade agreements

The UK has signed continuity agreements with the following countries for when the UK leaves the EU:

  • Chile
  • Eastern and Southern Africa
  • Faroe Islands
  • Israel
  • Palestine
  • Switzerland.

A continuity agreement simplifies trade and allows businesses to trade as freely as they do now, without any additional barriers or tariffs.


EU Settlement Scheme – supporting your EU workers

EU citizens and their families will be able to apply for settled status or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme.

new edition of the employer’s toolkit has been published.

This toolkit contains leaflets, posters, social media assets and a briefing pack to help employers across the UK communicate clear and consistent messages about the EU Settlement Scheme.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact FPC.



FPC Brexit update 13 March 2019

FPC Guide to Importing Fresh Produce into the UK in the event of a no deal Brexit

FPC extract - UK temporary rates of customs duty

FPC extract UK Customs Tariff Quotas

Defra plant health importer scenarios in the event of a no deal

FPC Guide to Importing Fresh Produce into the UK if Brexit Withdrawal Agreement is in place

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