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.

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:

                                                            Food and drink businesses checklist

A useful checklist for businesses in the food and drink sector.

                                                                 Aerospace sector checklist

A useful checklist for businesses in the aerospace sector.

                                                                 Construction sector checklist

A useful checklist for businesses in the construction sector.

                                                          Metals and materials sector checklist

A useful checklist for businesses in the metals and materials sector.

                                                                 Chemicals sector checklist

A useful checklist for businesses in the chemicals sector.

                                                                 Automotive sector checklist

A useful checklist for businesses in the automotive sector.

                                                  Telecoms and information services sector checklist

A useful checklist for businesses  in the telecoms and information services sector.

                                                         Arts, heritage and culture sector checklist

A useful checklist for businesses in the arts, heritage and culture sectors.

                                                     Creative industries sector checklist

A useful checklist for businesses in the creative industries sector.

                                                         Science, research and innovation sector checklist

A useful checklist for businesses in the science, research and innovation sector.

                                                         Consumer goods sector checklist

A useful checklist for businesses in the consumer goods sector.

                                                         Retail sector checklist

A useful checklist for businesses in retail.

                                                         Services and Investment sector checklist

A useful checklist for businesses in the services and investment sector.

                                                         Electronics and machinery sector checklist

A useful checklist for businesses in the machinery and electronics sector.

                                                             Tourism sector checklist

A useful checklist for businesses in the tourism sector.

                                      Charities, social enterprises and voluntary sector checklist

A useful checklist for businesses in the charity, social enterprise or voluntary sector.

                                                             Gambling sector checklist

A useful checklist for businesses in the gambling sector.

                                                             Life Sciences sector checklist

A useful checklist for businesses in the life sciences sector.

                                                             Media and broadcasting sector checklist

A useful checklist for businesses in the media and broadcasting sector

                                                                        Art market sector

A useful checklist for businesses in the art market sector

                                                                      Sports and recreation sector

A useful checklist for businesses  in the sports and recreation sector.

                                                                  Digital, technology and computer services sector

A useful checklist for businesses in the digital, technology and computer services  sector.

                                                                    Food labelling changes

Food and drink producers, manufacturers, retailers and suppliers must change the way they label products from 1 January 2021.