Have your say on the UK’s duty suspension application process


9th February 2021

The Department for International Trade (DIT) has launched a consultation seeking views on the process for how businesses can make an application for tariff duty suspensions.

These suspensions will apply to goods imported into the UK.

Open for comments until 12 March 2021, full details of the consultation can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/tariffs-developing-the-uks-duty-suspension-application-process.

It explains that the present duty tariff suspensions regime removes tariffs on certain goods imported into the UK. A suspension or quota can be used by any business in the UK, it is not specific to the company which applied. The first suspension application window will open around May 2021.

DIT notes that feedback to this consultation will help to ensure that the suspensions application process is tailored to the needs of businesses and consumers. It will welcome responses from businesses and consumer groups who have previous experience of applying for a duty suspension or may apply in the future.

Comments on the following will be particularly useful.

  • The EU suspension application process.

  • How the UK’s independent suspension application process should look.

  • The timescales for application window cycles, including processing, objecting to and implementing suspension applications.

  • Any other relevant feedback.

Anyone interested in providing information is invited to email tariffsuspensions@trade.gov.uk.

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