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News & Press: International Trade News

End of production of the printed tariff

19 July 2019  
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HMRC is to cease the production of the printed tariff (CIP12) at the end of the year.

The printed paper tariff is produced with monthly amendments, however use of digital information gives HMRC greater flexibility and speed in responding to changing circumstances. HMRC are therefore giving notice of their intention to stop publication of the printed tariff in December 2019 when their contract with Williams Lea Tag, their publishers, comes to an end.

The printed tariff is a valued source of information for business subscribers. However, the information is always running at least 30 days in arrears due to the publication timetable lag. This means that at the point of publication, some information may be out of date and online and printed tariff information may not be consistent.

The online Trade Tariff tool is updated daily and allows users to look up:

  • commodity codes
  • tariff measures
  • duty and VAT rates

Trade Tariffs volume 1 and volume 3 (both the Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight Tariff and Customs Declaration Service versions) are now available to view on GOV.UK.

By making digital the primary channel, HMRC will be more consistent and responsive in the way they provide tariff information.

The CSV electronic tariff file will still be available and issued by HMRC for free. If you want to receive this file, send an email to and you will be added to the mailing list.