Businesses encouraged to have their say on future of customs

08 Feb 2022


The government is asking businesses, traders, and the public to give their opinion on how the customs system is working and what improvements they would like to see.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and HM Treasury published a call for evidence on GOV.UK to allow stakeholders to feedback on key areas.

Over a twelve-week period, HMRC and HM Treasury will be asking businesses to share their thoughts and get involved in helping to shape long-term customs policy.

By taking a fresh look at the fundamental building blocks of the UK’s customs system, the government wants to use this opportunity to gather and consider a wide range of evidence on how the customs system is working and changes that could be made to make it simpler, easier and more responsive to stakeholders’ needs.

This evidence will support changes to policy or processes to make it easier for traders to navigate the UK’s customs system.

The government welcomes engagement from any individual or business with views on the future of the UK’s customs regime.

Government will be asking businesses and the border industry for their suggestions on:

  • improvements to help traders access a quality customs intermediary sector
  • how the benefits of the Simplified Customs Declarations Process (SCDP) can be expanded
  • how the Transit facilitation can be improved

The call for evidence will run until Monday 2 May 2022.

HMRC and HM Treasury will host a webinar on 2 March at 15.30 to introduce the Call for Evidence, give guidance about how to reply, and answer your questions. You can sign up for this event in advance.

Find out more here