Small motor businesses and car enthusiasts are being asked by the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to get up to speed with various post-Brexit changes that come into force in January that could directly affect people and businesses across the automotive sector.
The HMRC is concerned that smaller businesses such as independent garages and specialist parts retailers may not be fully aware of the changes to import and export rules and how they apply. Likewise, for motor hobbyists who may want to order a specialist part from the EU to restore a classic car, or wish to travel across Europe to a rally, many would not have had to navigate the changes until recently.
With rallies, classic car exhibitions and festivals in full swing, including the upcoming Classic Motor Show in Birmingham and then, further afield, the Auto e Moto D’Epoca in Italy, enthusiasts are being encouraged to check they understand the new requirements.
So the HMRC has produced a very helpful guidance pack to help people identify the best way to navigate the changes.
There is also an Online Trader Tool to ensure small businesses don’t get caught out by unexpected charges or unnecessary delays, as well as highlighting processes they can follow. The guidance also provides information needed to ensure small businesses are prepared ahead of next January when full customs declarations and controls will be introduced.
If small businesses are also moving parts or equipment between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, they can register with the free Trader Support Service.
Links to further help and support is available on GOV.UK