HMRC Reminds Forwarders Of Guidance On Transporting Aid
BIFA has been contacted regarding the sending of charitable donations/relief goods to Poland and/or Hungary for distribution to Ukrainian refugees.
From a strict customs/freighting viewpoint, whilst there are some easements in place, the Government has advised that it will be as sympathetic as possible. Forwarders are reminded that the basic procedures still have to be followed when transporting items for disaster relief / humanitarian aid purposes.
While these types of consignments are routinely expedited by customs, they must comply with all normal export procedures including pre-entry, export licensing or any other export restrictions and controls.
Members must also refer to the following documents that has been provided by HMRC: /media/4769626/hmrc-guidance-on-moving-charitable-goods-to-assist-ukrainian-refugees-040322.pdf (Link opens in new window)
/eu-exit/trade-in-goods-from-010122/hmrc-guidance-moving-charitable-goods-to-assist-ukraine-refugees-additional-guidance (Link opens in new window)
Members are advised to check any guidance on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website before commencing a journey, whilst issues are not anticipated for journeys to for instance Poland and Hungary, United Kingdom citizens are being advised not or exercise great caution in travelling to either countries where the current conflict is occurring or are sanctioned/embargoed.”