EU Exit Transition

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 


The Home Office has published information for employers on employing EU, EEA and Swiss citizens in the UK, covering right to work checks, the EU Settlement Scheme and the UK’s new points-based immigration system:

The government plans to introduce full import controls for goods moving into and out of the EU to Great Britain after the transition period ends on 31 December 2020. This means that all goods entering the UK from the EU will be subject to the same checks and controls as goods coming from the rest of the world and that there will be new processes that UK exporters and importers of EU goods will have to comply with, whether we reach a new trade agreement or not.

  • From 1 January 2021, businesses will need to make customs declarations to move goods into and out of the EU. Businesses can prepare for border controls by making sure they have an EORI numberif they don’t already have one and should look into how they want to make declarations such as using a customs agent.
  • HMRC has announced that the deadline for businesses to apply for customs support funding has been extended to 31 January 2021. There is still at least £7.5 million available so more businesses can hire or train experts to deal with customs declarations. Details can be found

A consultation has been launched for views on the UK’s independent tariff policy to apply from 1 January 2021. The consultation offers respondents the opportunity to provide:

  • Views on changes to the Common External Tariff to create a bespoke UK tariff regime.
  • Specific feedback on individual products or commodity codes of importance to them, including on the corresponding tariff rate.
  • Information on their interactions with most favoured nation tariffs and the importance of tariffs to their sectors.
  • The consultation will close on 5 March 2020 and an announcement on the UK’s new Global Tariff schedule will follow shortly afterwards.


The Department for International Trade has launched a digital tool to give businesses the information they need to export goods out of the UK market. The free tool, called ‘Check How to Export Goods’, helps any business, particularly SMEs, to trade with over 160 markets by providing up to date information and guidance on what they need to know and do in order to export goods to an EU country or to the rest of the world. Businesses input their product commodity code and export destination and can then access product-level and country specific information including duties, regulations, customs procedures and trade agreements between the UK and other markets. T


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