United Kingdom Customs Declarations Statistics for International Trade in Goods | 2021

HMRC received a total of 78.3 million customs declarations for international commerce in 2021. Listed below is a breakdown of the same:

  • 58.0 million import declarations

  • 20.3 million export declarations

  • 34,3 million declarations for trade between the United Kingdom and the European Union

  • 42.9 million declarations for the United Kingdom’s trade with non-European Union nations

  • 19.6 million self-declaration statements

  • 58.5 million disclosures made by a third party (as either direct or indirect representation)

  • 51.0 percent of UK-EU import declarations were submitted through indirect representation, compared to 19.7 percent of UK-non-EU import declarations.

  • Self-representation accounted for 40.2% of UK-Non-EU declarations, while direct representation accounted for the same percentage.

Throughout 2021, the implementation of interim Staged Customs Controls permitted British importers of non-controlled EU goods to defer filing the full customs declaration for up to 175 days after the transit of the goods.

The introduction of the Bulk Import Reduced Dataset (BIRD) facilitates the consolidation of several low-value shipments into a single customs declaration by authorised declarants.

This release’s figures for the number of customs declarations were produced using CHIEF and CDS data, which have distinct data requirements.

Since January 1, 2021, following the conclusion of the EU withdrawal transition period, customs declarations are necessary for imports from the EU and exports to the EU from the United Kingdom. Before 2021, customs declarations were required solely for imports and exports between the United Kingdom and non-EU countries.

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