Articles and news on managing customs for UK small businesses. Advice on the various issues surrounding export and import regulations including the use of customs agents or brokers.

Export & Import

The essential guide to commodity codes and HS categories

In this guide we’ll look at when and why commodity codes are used, what they look like, and how to find the right one for your needs.

Export & Import

Import duty explained

Find out everything you need to know about Import VAT and Customs Duty in this handy Small Business guide

International Business

Customs brokers: Everything you need to know

Should your business use a customs broker? Read on to learn more about what a customs broker can do for you, what they’ll charge, and the pros and cons of using one for your shipment.

Export & Import

Half of small business exporters struggling with new rules post Brexit

Increased paperwork, costs, delays and confusion over rules cited at stumbling blocks in British Chambers of Commerce survey.

Export & Import

How will Brexit affect my imports and exports? Where to find customs help

Post-Brexit import and export paperwork is expected to cost UK businesses around £7bn a year. Where to find customs help for your small business

Export & Import

Government issues small traders with EORI numbers as no-deal ramps up

The Treasury will automatically enroll small business that trade with the EU with customs identification in bid to stave off chaos of a no-deal Brexit.

Government Grants

HMRC extends deadline for £8m of funding for customs training

Businesses moving goods in and out of the EU can benefit from customs training and IT improvement grants from HMRC - the deadline to apply is being extended but only till the end of May

Business management

Brexit: what businesses should do before we leave the European Union

The time is ticking until Brexit and there's no sense in waiting around. Mohit Paul of BluJay Solutions explains how you should prepare for customs, tariff and trade changes before we leave the European Union.

Export & Import

Security and customs: Five pointers for exporters

Here, Gavin Kilborn, European supply chain manager at retail display specialist Triplar, presents tips for negotiating customs when trading internationally.

Export & Import

Navigating customs around the world: Advice for small businesses

Harald Schoenfelder, managing director of global trade services for EMEA at FedEx Express, discusses how to prepare so your goods don't get held up at customs.

Partner content

Streamlining document management for your small business

David Malan, sales director of DocuWare for the UK and Ireland, explains how the platform can streamline your document management

Business Loans

A guide to getting a small business loan

Everything you need to know on what small business loans are and what types of loan are available for your business.

Partner content

Why you need a business bank account

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Partner content

5 things every small business owner needs to know before starting

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