UK tourists can’t use the EU channel after a No-Deal Brexit – Customs

In the event of a No-Deal Brexit. British tourists entering Malta, would no longer be allowed to use the blue EU channel to enter the country, the Customs Department.

Instead British in-bound passengers would need use the green channel if they have nothing to declare, or the red channel if they have goods to declare.

This is just one of the guidelines that the Customs Department has issued in the event of a No-Deal scenario happening on October 31st.

Along with border controls, the authority also states that procedures on the importing and exporting of goods to and from the UK will face extra Customs formalities.

A Customs Declaration would be needed, which would include all of the duties and taxes like VAT and excise, paid prior to the items being distributed to the EU.

A similar set up is use for goods to and from the United States, Japan and other third countries in relation to the EU.

Going further, the authority explains that new or used vehicles will face 10% duty and 18% VAT. Clothes would be subject to 12% duty and 18% VAT. Rubber tyres would be faced with a 4.5% duty and 18% VAT. Tyres would also face a 70c per kilogramme excise duty.

As for companies importing material from the UK for processing and production, the Customs Department says that there will be an Inward Processing Procedure. The procedure will allow companies to apply for import relief.

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The Customs Department says it will also be treating imports and exports to the UK with a ‘risk-based approach’. They say this will be ‘fully in line with the current approach implemented by the Department over the movement of goods, from and to, other third countries.’

For those trading solely with the UK and EU, the Customs Department has again advised those operators to register for an Economic Operator Registration Identification number. This would be used to, ‘lodge declarations for their imports and exports.’ These operators can register through the following email: eori.customs@gov.mt.

Alongside helping those trading with the UK, the Customs Department also recommends operators trading with the UK exclusively, to engage in training in their National Import and Export Systems.

Online payment systems will also be implemented for import declarations. They state that this will reduce queues at their cash points.