Brexit commodity code, tariffs and VAT calculations
- Nov 30, 2020 | Richard Asquith
As full Brexit looms, businesses selling goods between the UK and EU are needing to get customs and VAT ready. The risks are new tax liabilities and delayed shipments. Avalara’s suite of automated cross-border item classification, duty calculations and foreign VAT support can take one complex element of the Brexit hazards off businesses to-do list. Contact us to learn more.
|1 Lack of accurate commodity code ID delays shipments||Means misdeclared goods, potentially causing delayed customs clearance and late deliveries. Importers often depend on unreliable exporter classifications. As the number of products offered, or number of countries shipped to, increases, the inefficiency of traditional manual solutions for assigning Harmonized System codes becomes yet another vulnerability during Brexit.|
|2 Mistakes on tariff calculations mean tax penalties and shipment hold-ups||The EU and UK will not impost tariffs on goods movements following the Free Trade Agreement in December. Accurately identifying the item classification is just one half of the equation. Getting the tariff calculations correct is complex and prone to error on large stock ranges. This means overpaid taxes or penalties and stock hold-ups for under declarations.|
|3 Import VAT liabilities, foreign VAT filing obligations risk compliance fines and cancelled customer contracts||Import VAT on shipments to the EU or UK will be due for the first time on B2B movements from 2021. This will add over 20% onto the costs if not managed carefully. Some UK businesses are VAT registering in various EU countries to help clear the goods first before local sales or onward movements to the rest of the EU. This helps ensure continuing business with EU customers.|
How Avalara’s automated services take care of all of these challenges
- Item Classification - using machine learning to evaluate a product’s composition, its form, and its function, Avalara Item Classification will assign a Harmonized System code for the applicable country. It is able to handle large master data assessments within hours, plus provide an update service.
- Tariff Calculation - customs charges can then be determined for the HS Code. This supports exporters in their efforts to ship goods Delivered Duties Paid (DDP) and for importers to create customs entries.
- VAT Compliance and Fiscal Representation - with a full, low-cost VAT registration and ongoing automated returns service for businesses needing EU or UK VAT registrations for DDP clearance post-Brexit. This includes an integrated Fiscal Representation service in any country.
Need help with your UK VAT compliance?
Researching UK VAT legislation is the first step to understanding your VAT compliance needs. Avalara has a range of solutions that can help your business depending on where and how you trade.