A new paper setting out proposals for a future customs relationship with the EU has been unveiled by the UK Government in the first of a series of papers on the UK’s future partnership with the EU.

The document highlights two broad approaches:

  • A highly streamlined customs arrangement between the UK and the EU, with customs requirements that are as frictionless as possible. This would aim to continue some existing arrangements we have with the EU, reduce or remove barriers to trade through new arrangements, and adopt technology-based solutions to make it easier for businesses to comply with customs procedures.
  • A new customs partnership with the EU by aligning our approach to the customs border in a way that removes the need for a UK-EU customs border. One potential approach would involve the UK mirroring the EU’s requirements for imports from the rest of the world where the final destination is the EU.

Read 'Future customs arrangements: a future partnership paper' and the associated press release from HM Treasury and The Department for Exiting the European Union.