Businesses are being urged to prepare for the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020.

The UK is leaving the EU’s Single Market and Customs Union at the end of the year and there are some definite actions businesses need to take now. These actions are required whether we end up with Australian or Canadian-style trading arrangements.

  • If you sell goods to the EU you must prepare for new customs procedures. Visit GOV.UK to check duties and customs procedures for exporting your goods worldwide from 1 January 2021.
  • If you travel to the EU for work purposes you will need to check if you need a visa or work permit and apply if necessary.
  • If you employ overseas nationals you will need to prepare your business for the implementation of the new immigration system. From 1 January 2021, if you want to hire anyone from outside the UK, including from the EU, you must be a Home Office licenced sponsor.
  • If you are a UK business or organisation that receives personal data from contacts in the EEA, you may need to take extra steps to ensure that the data can continue to flow legally at the end of the transition period.
  • If you provide services in the EU, you must ensure that your qualifications are now recognised by EU regulations to be able to practice or service clients in the EU.

Businesses can get a personalised summary of the actions they need to take by using the simple tool on

                                                        Download a preparation checklist

This helpful checklist outlines the key actions to take to ensure your business is ready for EU Transition. 

                                                               EU Exit Webinar Events 
To help your business prepare for the exit of the EU, we are pleased to offer the free webinar events listed below.
  • 25th November 2020:Business Travel and investing or establishing in the EU from January 2021. Please click here to register your place.
  • 26th November 2020: Importing post EU transition, a practical guide for novice and seasoned importers – Please click here to register your place. 
  • 26 & 27 November 2020: HMRC Transition webinars. Please click here to register your place.  
  • 2nd December 2020: Understanding international trade documentation post EU transition – Please click here to register your place. 
  •  3 December 2020: Department for International Trade webinars. Please click here to register your place.   
  •  3 December 2020: Smart border webinar. Taking place in English at 2.30pm. Please click here to register your place. 
  • 9th December 2020: Understanding the new UK Global Tariff and trading under preference – Please click here to register your place. 
  • 16th December 2020: Navigating Customs formalities and ensuring HMRC compliance – Please click here to register your place. 
  • 20th January 2021: The importance of Incoterms in international contracts – Please click here to register your place.  
  • 3rd February 2021: Managing financial risk and getting paid when trading internationally – Please click here to register your place. 
  • 17th February 2021: Developing overseas markets and managing international partners – Please click here to register your place. 
  • 3rd March 2021: Effective international supply chain management – Please click here to register your place.
                                                     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


Using personal data in your business from 1 January 2021

From 1 January, your organisation may need to have Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs) in place with EU counterparts in order to legally receive personal data from the EU. This can include any information that can identify a living person (names, addresses, delivery details etc).