Customs easement to help Ukraine help exports

The transport of aid and donations to the people of Ukraine will be facilitated through a customs bondage, the UK government announced today.

The simplification of customs procedures will apply to goods intended to support people affected by the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine which are exported from Great Britain. Provided the goods are not exported to or through Russia or Belarus, these simplified processes apply to eligible goods, regardless of destination, to allow maximum flexibility to get aid where needed. the biggest.

The government always recommends that organizations and people who want to help donate cash through charities and trusted aid organisations, rather than donating goods. Money can be transferred quickly to areas where it is needed and individuals and aid organizations can use it to buy what they need most.

However, businesses, charities and community organizations sending aid from UK ports will be able to make a customs declaration by going to customs or simply passing through a port.

They will no longer need to complete and submit electronic customs declarations to HMRC before exporting these goods, and small movements will not need to use the goods vehicle circulation service to pass through the ports where it operates.

The easement will also remove other customs formalities, such as the requirement to notify HMRC when the goods have been exported.

Rt Hon MP Lucy Frazer QC, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, said:

Individuals and businesses across the UK have already responded with immense generosity, donating millions of pounds to support those forced to flee their homes as a result of war in Ukraine.

Government advice remains that the best way to help the people of Ukraine is to donate money through the Disaster Emergency Committee or other trusted charities.

However, we appreciate that people and businesses may still wish to provide aid directly to the region, so this new customs easement will ensure that humanitarian aid is expedited from Britain to help those most affected.

The easement, which excludes all controlled goods and dual-use goods, will be in place for a limited time, which will be announced in due course.

More information

The easement takes effect immediately.

Anyone who needs advice on transporting humanitarian aid to Ukrainian refugees can contact the export assistance service free of charge (HSE) Where HSE helpline 0300 303 8955 which can be used by individuals, businesses or charities.

Government advice remains that the best way to help the people of Ukraine is to donate money through the Disaster Emergency Committee or other trusted charities.

The UK has committed a £220million humanitarian aid package for Ukraine to help aid agencies respond to the deteriorating situation, creating a lifeline for Ukrainians who have access to basic necessities and medical supplies. Our humanitarian aid brings the UK’s overall support for Ukraine during the current crisis to nearly £400m, following the announcement of a £100m economic package for Ukraine last month .

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