Budget 2023 | Digitalisation of Trading Authorisations

Following techUK’s ongoing calls for greater Government support in streamlining digital customs facilitations and trade documentation processes, the Spring Budget 2023’s Business investment and tax policy provisions includes an important HMRC policy project - Modernising Authorisations (MA) - delivering a digital platform for simplifying and streamlining customs and exercise authorisations for companies trading internationally

Seen within the Budget, policymakers within the Department for Business and Trade (DBT) and HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) will outline plans to streamline and digitise HMRC’s customs and excise authorisation processes through the MA project, which will simplify authorisations for customs facilitations and deliver a new digital self-serve portal for trading companies.

The Project seeks to:

  • Streamline authorisation groupings; Rationalise and simplify customs authorisations by reducing them from 42 to 5 new groups of authorisations. 
  • Make authorisations paperless; Hold all customs related trader information in one place within a single customer record.
  • Reduce data collection administration; A 'once and done' approach to data collection so traders don't have to repeat information already provided.
  • Produce an ease-of-use, self-service platform; Named Single Trade Window.
  • Guidance platform; Develop a new platform for trade guidance, making it easy for all traders to find this information. This includes technical manuals and notices, enabling experienced trading companies share expertise to intermediaries, and developing further support for complex customs systems.

While delivery of this policy project is set to occur between 2023/2024 and 2024/2025, techUK welcomes the Government’s ongoing commitments of digitilisation and streamlining complex trading bureaucracy, including specific authorisation groupings for internationally trading companies across the UK economy.

More details of this Budget inclusion can be found here. Members who have any questions should reach out to [email protected].

Sabina Ciofu

Sabina Ciofu

Associate Director – International, techUK