19/05/2020

New UK Global Tariff launched

This morning the UK Government has published the new UK Global Tariff which replace the EU’s Common External Tariff on 1st January, 2021 at the end of the Transition Period.

The announcement of the publication and links to the new tariffs can be found here. The new tariffs will apply to imports of goods from overseas, with effect from the 1st of January, 2021.

Leather UK lobbied on behalf of the UK industry, to have all import tariffs for leather removed and we are pleased to report that we have been successful in eliminating those import tariffs. This means a elimination of import duty on a range of leather imports including:

  • HS4104 – Equine wet blue and crust (from 5.5%) and bovine crust (from 6.5%)
  • HS4105 – ovine and ‘other’ wet blue and crust (from 2.0%)
  • HS4106 – Goat, pig, ‘other’, reptile, tanned and crust (from 2.0%)
  • HS4107 – Finished bovine and equine leather (from 6.5% & 5.5%)
  • HS4112 – Finished sheep leather (from 3.5%)
  • HS4113 – Finished goat (from 3.5%), pig, reptile and other (from 2.0%)
  • HS4114 – Finished chamois and patent leather (from 2.5%)

Codes for some leather goods were also ‘simplified’, resulting in reductions on the current tariffs. However, leather footwear remains largely unchanged, i.e. the current tariffs will continue to apply.

Importers are strongly advised to check the new tariffs, using either the UK Government Tariff Checker.

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