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The transition period has ended and new rules are here. Act now to keep your business moving.
The transition period has ended and the UK has left the EU customs union and single market and now enjoys a zero tariffs, zero quotas relationship with the EU as an independent trading nation.
Following the signing of the UK – EU Free Trade Agreement, there are new rules for businesses which came into force on 1 January 2021 which require immediate action. Your business needs to act now to comply with these new rules. If you do not take action, there is a risk your business operations will be interrupted.
These documents cover actions that businesses must take to ensure they are compliant with the new rules which have come into force. Part A provides an overview of key actions for businesses as well as supporting guidance, helpline numbers and FAQs. Part B lists the top five actions for businesses in each of the following sectors: Aerospace, automotive, chemicals, construction, consumer goods, electronics and machinery, life sciences, metals and materials, professional business services and retail.
- Click here to view Part A – business actions by topic, support and guidance.
- Click here to view Part B – top five action lists for 10 sectors
You should visit gov.uk/transition where you can use the checker tool to quickly identify the actions that your business needs to take. The checker tool will ask you questions about your business and provide all the information you need to be aware of such as new rules on:
Grants to help SMEs new to importing or exporting
The SME Brexit Support Fund could give you up to £2,000 to help with training or professional advice, if your business has up to 500 employees and no more than £100 million annual turnover.
What you’ll be able to use the grant for
You can use the grant for training on:
- how to complete customs declarations
- how to manage customs processes and use customs software and systems
- specific import and export related aspects including VAT, excise and rules of origin
It can be used to help you get professional advice so your business can meet its customs, excise, import VAT or safety and security declaration requirements.
Who will be able to apply
Your business must:
- be established in the UK
- have been established in the UK for at least 12 months before submitting the application, or currently hold Authorised Economic Operator status
- not have previously failed to meet its tax or customs obligations
- have no more than 500 employees
- have no more than £100 million turnover
- import or export goods between Great Britain and the EU, or moves goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Your business must also either:
- complete (or intend to complete) import or export declarations internally for its own goods
- use someone else to complete import or export declarations but requires additional capability internally to effectively import or export (such as advice on rules of origin or advice on dealing with a supply chain)
New information on Importing and Exporting
Trade with the UK tool: This tool provides information for international businesses exporting goods into the UK, covering taxes, tariffs, commodity codes and regulations. It also provides information for goods going into Northern Ireland.
The Check How to Export Goods tool, provides information for UK exporters about duties, rules of origin and customs procedures for over 160 markets around the world. It also provides detailed information about the UK border.
VIDEOS : Help and support if you export to the EU or import from the EU
New videos have been produced to explain what you need to do if you export to the EU or import from the EU.
EU Exit Webinar Events
- Webinars for organisations that trade with the EU: Click here to view a list of webinars you can sign up to watch live or on demand.
- 3rd March 2021: Effective international supply chain management – Please click here to register your place.
- 3 March Importing: What you need to know about Staged Controls. Click here to register
- 4 March and 5 March – Importers of food and drink products from the EU to GB: import of products, animals, food and feed systems (IPAFFS). Sign up for these here
- 4 March and 12 March HMRC: Trader responsibilities when using an intermediary: To register, click here.
- 5 March (11:45 – 12:45) or 10 March (1:45 – 2:45) HMRC webinar on customs import declarations register for information on how to make customs import declarations on controlled goods and on non-controlled goods by the end of June 2021, helping you to understand what’s needed for simplified declarations, supplementary declarations, and delayed import declarations. To register, click here
- 5 March Trader responsibilities when using an intermediary. Click here to register
- 8 March, the UK Government and Region Hauts-de-France will host at joint webinar at 8:00am (UK time) for businesses on the Short Straits Channel Crossing. Click here to register
- 8 March Importing Products of Animal Origin (POAO) from the European Union into Great Britain Click here to register
- 9 March Exporting: Actions you need to take now Click here to register
- 1 April 2021: DEFRA are hosting a series of webinars covering importing food and drink, including composite food and fishery products from the EU to Great Britain (GB) from 1 April 2021. For more information and to register for relevant webinars, click here.
- NEW: Moving goods between Great Britain and France: A recording of the technical webinar hosted on 12 February 2021 is now available to view here
- Video content to keep your business moving: short on-demand videos covering the new rules on exports, imports, tariffs, data and hiring are available to view here.
- The National Cyber Security Centre is running a series of free cyber security webinars and talks aimed at UK businesses of all sizes, educational institutions and charities. For more information, click here.
- Exporting goods from Great Britain to the EU via the short straits: A webinar and Q&A session on the issues arising from goods moving from GB to the EU, via the short straits, has been published. To view these, click here.
Sign up for trader support service
If you move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Trader Support Service will guide you through any changes due to the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol. It can help if you are moving goods yourself, act on behalf of someone else or send parcels between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or bring parcels into Northern Ireland from outside the UK.
Placing manufactured goods on the EU and GB market from 1 January 2021
· EU market : New guidance on what you need to do to comply with regulations on manufactured goods you place on the EU market from 1 January 2021 has been published
· GB market : New guidance on what you need to do to comply with regulations on manufactured goods you place on the GB market from 1 January 2021 has been published.
Using the UKCA mark from 1 January 2021
New guidance explains how to use the UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking. The UKCA marking is a new UK product marking that will be used for goods being place on the market in Great Britain. It covers most goods which previously required the CE marking. The UKCA marking can be used from 1 January 2021. However, to allow businesses time to adjust to the new requirements, you will still be able to use the CE marking until January 2022 in most cases.
Existing UK trade agreements with non-EU countries
Find out about the trade agreements the UK has already signed and our our discussions with countries the EU has a trade agreement with.