Today HMRC have published their latest letter on GOV.UK to help businesses that trade with the EU get ready to deal with customs in the unlikely event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 29 March 2019.

Businesses that only trade in the EU and are registered with HMRC for VAT purposes will receive a copy of the letter through the post in the coming days.

The letter from HMRC asks these businesses to take three actions now:

• Register for a UK Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number

• Decide whether they will use a customs agent to make import and/or export declarations or will make declarations themselves using specialist software

• Contact the organisation that moves their goods (for example, a haulage firm) to find out if they will need to supply additional information to complete safety and security declarations, or whether they will need to submit these declarations themselves

Thomas Westcott are holding a seminar on this particular topic on Tuesday December 18th 2018 from 7:30am until 10am at the New Continental Hotel in Plymouth. To register your attendance please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For details on the seminar CLICK HERE.