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Goods coming to and from Britain are now duty-free

An EORI number must be requested from NAV to the Customs Department.

The National Administration of Taxes and Customs (NAV) said that products coming into and out of Britain are now subject to duties, as the United Kingdom withdrew from the European Union on February 1, 2020 and exited the customs union of the European Union on January 1. Hungarian traders, businesses and citizens may face major changes due to Brexit.

As written, the UK’s exit from the EU also means that it will be considered a third country, i.e. a country outside the EU, from 1 January 2021. An exception to this is Northern Ireland, where customs, value-added tax and EU statistical legislation continue to apply. As a result, in the case of Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales), the rules of exit and entry have changed, and products coming from or destined for Great Britain are also subject to customs duties.

To manage customs, the NAV must request an EORI number, which can be done in person or through a representation. Products arriving in Hungary from outside the EU, in this case from Great Britain, and leaving Hungary for Great Britain must submit a customs declaration, as this is a condition for import and export from January 2021. NAV performs customs formalities on the basis of the goods declaration submitted.

It is good for people to know that if they order goods from Britain or import goods from there on their trip, from January 2021 it will be considered a non-EU import. It is therefore advisable to find out the customer information available on the NAV website before ordering or traveling. If someone does not want to handle their own customs affairs, they can assign a customs representative instead.

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