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Dave Stanyard

Dave Stanyard

Dave Stanyard is the customs manager at Cargo Flow Agency.

5th November 2020



The UK Global Tariff (UKGT) will replace the EU’s Common External Tariff which applies until 31st December 2020.

What the tariff applies too:

The UKGT will apply to all goods imported into the UK unless :

  • An exception applies, such as relief or tariff suspension
  • The goods come from countries that are part of the Generalised Scheme of Preferences 
  • The country you are importing from has a trade agreement with the UK

It only shows the tariffs that will be applied to goods at the border when they are imported into the UK.

It does not cover :

  • Other import duties such as VAT
  • The precise details of trade remedy measures, such as anti-dumping, countervailing and safeguards

VAT registered importers will be able to use postponed VAT accounting.

How to check the tariff:

Use the online UK GLOBAL TARIFF 2021 TOOL to check the tariffs that will apply to goods you import from 1st January 2021.

You can search using :

  • 8 digit commodity code
  • A product description


Many tariffs have been simplified and liberalised on goods imported into the UK. Government amendments are highlighted in the ‘change’ column in the UK Global tariff tool.

‘LIBERALISED’ means the tariff has been reduced to zero

‘SIMPLIFIED’ means the tariff has been rounded down or ‘banded’. For some complex tariffs, this means the tariff is now expressed as a simple percentage. 

‘REDUCED’ means the tariff has been lowered beyond the simplification measure

Tariff and VAT relief on some goods for tackling Coronavirus (Covid 19)

The UKGT includes a UK applied Most Favoured Nation Tariff schedule that is intended to apply to all countries by default, although this may change with respect to EU countries depending on the deal reached by the UK with the EU.

Contact Cargo Flow Agency should you need any further advice.

+44 1273 583000

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