Importing goods from January 2021: The UK Global Tariff

The UK has left the EU and the transition period will end on 31 December this year. As the UK will leave the single market and customs union, Government says businesses should take action now to start preparing for new trading rules which will be in effect from January 2021.

About the UK Global Tariff (UKGT)

The UKGT is the UK’s independent ‘Most Favoured Nation’ tariff. This is a schedule of taxes to be paid on goods imported into the UK from January 2021. The UKGT will replace the EU’s Common External Tariff.

The UKGT will not apply to goods imported from a country that the UK has a trade deal with, a country that is part of the Generalised Scheme of Preferences or where an exception applies.

What should businesses do next?

  1. Learn more about the UK Global Tariff
  2. Plan ahead by looking up the tariffs you will need to pay, using the tariff look up tool.
  3. If you import goods from the EU, learn more about the import process and border controls with the EU from January 2021.
  4. Visit GOV.UK/transition for more information about what you need to do to prepare for the changes coming into effect from January 2021.

Use this service to check the UK Global Tariff that will apply to goods you import from 1 January 2021. You can also check the difference between what you pay now and what you’ll pay from 1 January 2021 – but you will need either the commodity code or description of your product.

You can also find information and advice about trading internationally (outside the EU) from the Department for International Trade at