HM Revenue and Customs Brief 8/16 - Exporter information
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Purpose of this brief
The purpose of this brief is to explain that, from 8 April
2016, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
will start to publish certain information relating to exporters and the
goods they export. This is intended to facilitate trade, boost UK
growth and help exporters to find new markets. It also explains how
businesses can ‘opt-out’ from having their information published. This
opt-out will also now extend to the importer information already
Who should read this
You should read this brief if you are involved in the export
of goods to non-EU countries or if you supply services to exporters. If
you are an importer of goods from non-EU countries you may also find
this brief useful.
In line with the government’s open data initiative and to
provide better services to businesses, HMRC is to
publish a limited amount of information regarding exporters of goods
from the UK to non-EU countries. This is part of HMRC’s
commitment to publish more information where this can generate public
benefits without compromising the core principle of taxpayer
The law that requires HMRC
to publish this information is section 10 of the Small Business
Employment and Enterprise Act 2015 and Statutory Instrument No. 2060
The Disclosure of Exporter Information Regulations 2015.
information will be published?
The information to be released comprises the following
information of individual exporters and the goods they export:
- exporter’s name and address
- commodity code (for product identification)
- description of the commodity code covering the goods
- month and year of export
This information will be available on HMRC’s
stand-alone trade statistics website from 8 April 2016 onwards.
This mirrors the importer information that HMRC has been
publishing since the 1980s and has proved very popular, generating
approximately 60,000 hits per month.
are the benefits of publishing this information?
The release of this exporter information will:
- provide greater visibility of UK exporters to new customers
in the global market place
- assist developers to create exporter registers and online
shop fronts to advertise and showcase UK exporters and their products
- enable those who provide export services to more easily
identify their customers
- help overseas importers to locate alternative UK suppliers
confidentiality safeguards are in place?
will not publish:
- national strategic and sensitive information, such as
armaments exporters and their products
- commercially sensitive information, for example where there
are a few exporters of a given product where actual levels of trade
could be identified or deduced
Details of markets, customers and market share are never made
I ‘opt-out’ from having my exporter information published, and does
this apply to importer information?
If you want your exporter information excluded from
publication, for whatever reason and at any time, you should contact HMRC at
You can also choose to apply this opt-out to the importer
already publishes, from 8 April.
Please note a request to exclude your business from the
exporter and importer information sent to us by day 18 of the month
will mean removal from the information published the following month.
For example, if you send in your request by 18 March HMRC will make
sure your information is not published in April.
However this cannot apply retrospectively so HMRC will not be
able to remove information on importers or, in future, exporter
information already published.
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