Brexit Planning Service


If you are importing goods from the EU, you have very little time to get your business ready for the world post-Brexit.

The international commerce specialists at Harwood Hutton are available to guide you through the impending changes and to help put you in a far stronger position to carry on your trade without undue disruption and loss of revenue.

One of the biggest changes concerns import duty, and from January 1, 2021 it will be payable on EU goods which have not been liable to duty before. This is a ‘real’ cost to your business – not one that can be reclaimed – and HMRC will need to know you are in a position to pay it.

While the UK Government is frantically taking steps to put infrastructure and resources in place, the prospect of delays at borders could spell disaster for anyone importing perishable items, notably food, or who is part of a just-in-time supply chain. Harwood Hutton can look to mitigate these concerns substantially.

For the first time in more than 20 years, declaration documents will be required for all goods entering or leaving the UK. The administrative burden associated with declarations needs to be factored into your business cycles, and we can help plot the most efficient path forward for you, including securing financial assistance from HMRC.

Harwood Hutton will also be able to consider your exposure on VAT and steps that can be taken to reduce the impact on your bottom line.

A 20-minute phone or Zoom call to help you assess the extent of your challenges and set some timelines for action.

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Client Testimonials
  • I always get quick, clear and definitive responses from the Harwood Hutton tax team – commercial answers to commercial issues.

    Robin Berry – Morgan Management
  • Right from the outset Harwood Hutton gave us direction and great advice – and that advice has evolved over the years as we’ve grown. We’re both medium-sized companies providing a bespoke service – one furniture, one accountancy – and the relationship works.

    Andy McCarron, McCarron and Co
  • I’m deeply impressed with Harwood Hutton’s extensive knowledge of tax arrangements for residential and commercial property landlords.

    Qadeer Ahmed, MD, ABA Finance
  • They really took their time to understand what was important to us and our business and the expertise we required. Whoever we speak to at HH, we get the same fantastic response and technical input. It’s a real partnership.

    Edward Finch, group MD, MRIB insurance brokers
  • I have worked with the directors at Harwood Hutton on a number of mutual client matters over many years. The reassurance of their clear, commercial and focussed advice is one of the main reasons I regard this as one of my most valuable professional relationships.

    Frank Wessely, Partner, Quantuma LLP
  • Harwood Hutton never seem to rest on their laurels. They are always seeking out new avenues and ways to improve their offering. A very forward-thinking company with staff who are always well briefed and who approach each task with drive.

    Karl Austen, MD, Surefoot Communications
  • We have engaged Harwood Hutton in several areas of structuring, including VAT issues, decoupling an SPV from a group structure and HMRC clearance for a transaction. The team have exceeded all expectations by being proactive, measured and very thorough.

    Adam Fawsitt, Director, FHT Limited
  • We moved to Harwood Hutton as they delivered a succinct and professional proposal. If anything, we have been more impressed post-move. They are a fantastic company to work with. They do truly differentiate. They have the skills and capabilities of a mega firm but with a personal service.

    Edward Finch, group MD, MRIB insurance brokers
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