Beauty businesses take note as the British Beauty Council joins with Government to highlight important new trading requirements for 2022

by | Jan 11, 2022

The British Beauty Council is working with the UK Government to notify businesses across the personal care sector of changes to previous rules for importing and exporting with the EU.

As of 1 Jan 2022, you must now complete customs declarations on imports from the EU to GB (excluding NI) at the time you or your courier/freight forwarder bring them into GB. This means you can no longer delay making import customs declarations. Click here to follow a step-by-step guide to make sure you are following the new customs declaration rules.


You can apply for authorisation to use simplified declarations for imports, which allows you to move goods into a customs procedure without having to provide a full customs declaration here.


Information on how people can deal with import and export declarations on your behalf such as a customs agent, courier, or a freight forwarder, can be found here.


If you sell goods to the EU or buy goods from the EU and bring them into the UK, you now need to be able to prove that they meet the rules of origin in order to use preferential tariffs.


To benefit from the preferential tariffs, you must have proof that:

  • goods you import into the UK from the EU originate there
  • goods you export to the EU originate in the UK


If you cannot prove the origin of your product, your business cannot take advantage of the zero-tariff trade agreement with the EU and you or your EU customer will be liable to pay the full rate of customs duty and could face penalties. Find out more here.

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