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HMRC consultation on fulfilment house due diligence

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Newsletter issue - May 2016

Further to the Budget 2016 announcement, HMRC have published a consultation document covering proposals to introduce a fulfilment house due diligence scheme whereby fulfilment houses in the UK will be required to register, maintain accurate records and be able to evidence the due diligence they have undertaken to ensure their overseas client is a bona fide supplier.

The scheme may directly affect all UK-based businesses that fulfil orders of imported goods. Some rules may also apply to businesses that import goods or those that transport imported goods to and from fulfilment houses.

The consultation will run until 30 June 2016. The intention is to introduce this measure in 2018.