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Intrastat returns: important changes

Who needs to read this?

All businesses that provide Intrastat returns to HMRC Trade Statistics.

What will businesses need to do from April 2012?

Why are the changes happening?

The main reasons for the proposed changes are:

  • To make more use of electronic channels to provide easy and secure ways of making Intrastat returns.
  • To provide timely statistics to the European Commission and other key users.
  • To reduce the administrative burden on businesses through the use of electronic returns. E-submission is also considered to be a more environmentally friendly approach.

Where can I get more information?

General Enquiries

Send e-mails headed "Intrastat 2012" to or telephone 01702 367248.