UK Government Duty Suspensions on imported goods for use in domestic production

The UK Government is offering the opportunity for businesses to apply for a suspension of imports duties on individual products where the value of the duties exceeds £10,000. See here for more details, GOV.UK

Duty suspensions are designed to help UK and Crown Dependency businesses remain competitive in the global marketplace. They do this by suspending import duties on certain goods, normally those used in domestic production.

These suspensions do not apply to other duties that may be chargeable like VAT or the anti-dumping duty.

Duty suspensions allow unlimited quantities to be imported into the UK at a reduced tariff rate. Autonomous Tariff Quotas (ATQs) allow limited quantities to be imported at a reduced rate.

Duty suspensions and ATQs are temporary and can be used by any UK business while in force. They are applied on a ‘Most Favoured Nation’ (‘MFN’) basis. This means that goods subject to these suspensions or quotas can be imported into the UK from any country or territory at the specified reduced tariff rate.

For chemical imports, many suspensions were rolled over from the EU’s suspensions regime and applicants should use the Trade Tariff service to check whether a suspension is already in place. If a suspension is currently in place, there is no need to apply as these will be extended beyond 31 December 2021.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact the Tariff team directly at Tariffsuspensions@trade.gov.uk.

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