The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020

There is now a transition period until the end of 2020, while the UK and EU negotiate additional arrangements.

The current rules on trade, travel, and business for the UK and EU will continue to apply during the transition period.

For more information and to sign up for Government email alerts about the transition period, visit the Government website.

Latest Updates

Transition ‘Check, Change, Go’ online checker


The Government has launched a new information campaign to make sure individuals and businesses are prepared for the end of the EU Exit Transition period (from 1 January 2021). Advice on travelling to the EU, importing and exporting goods is available online with a simple ‘Check, Change, Go’ checker which will help to identify actions you need to take. Visit the UK Government Transition website page

  • Border controls and end of transition period
    The Government announced on Friday 12 June that the transition period will not be extended and controls for importing goods will now apply from July 2021.

    Recognising the impact of coronavirus on businesses’ ability to prepare, and following the announcement in February that the UK would implement full border controls on imports coming into GB from the EU, the UK has taken the decision to introduce the new border controls in three stages up until 1 July 2021.

    The stages are:
    From January 2021: Traders importing standard goods, covering everything from clothes to electronics, will need to prepare for basic customs requirements, such as keeping sufficient records of imported goods, and will have up to six months to complete customs declarations. While tariffs will need to be paid on all imports, payments can be deferred until the customs declaration has been made. There will be checks on controlled goods like alcohol and tobacco. Businesses will also need to consider how they account for VAT on imported goods. There will also be physical checks at the point of destination on all high risk live animals and a proportion of low-risk live animals.
    From April 2021: All products of animal origin (POAO) – for example meat, pet food, honey, milk or egg products – and all regulated plants and plant products will also require pre-notification and the relevant health documentation.
    From July 2021: Traders moving all goods will have to make declarations at the point of importation and pay relevant tariffs. Full Safety and Security declarations will be required, while for SPS commodities there will be an increase in physical checks and the taking of samples: checks for animals, plants and their products will now take place at GB Border Control Posts.


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