Brexit Information for Businesses

Videos about trading with the EU

The Government has prepared a series of short videos providing an overview of import and export procedures. These videos cover what businesses need to know about exports and imports, customs, commodity codes and controlled goods.

To watch the videos, visit the Cabinet's website

Alternatively, to download pdf copies of related brochures, visit HMRC's Brexit Documents website

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The Government has produced specific guidance notes for businesses providing services to a number of individual countries as well as travelling for business purposes. For further information click on the relevant country name below:

Austria                                         Belgium                                                Bulgaria

Croatia                                         Cyprus                                                 Czech Republic

Denmark                                      Estonia                                                Finland

France                                         Germany                                              Greece

Hungary                                       Iceland                                                 Ireland

Italy                                              Latvia                                                   Liechtenstein

Lithuania                                     Luxembourg                                        Malta

The Netherlands                         Norway                                                Poland

Portugal                                       Romania                                              Slovakia

Slovenia                                       Spain                                                    Sweden



New advice for livestock exporters about ear tags for livestock

The government is encouraging livestock exporters to prepare for new changes that will apply to ear tagging when the transition period ends.

Livestock in the UK are currently identified with ‘UK’ ear tags in accordance with the EU’s single market rules but, from 1 January 2021, the rules for exports of cattle, sheep, goats and pigs to the EU will change. Exporters from Great Britain will need to ensure their animals are identified with the ISO country code, which is ‘GB’ for the UK. Under the Northern Ireland Protocol, movements from Great Britain to Northern Ireland will also need to meet these requirements.

 For further information visit the Government's website Advice on ear tags

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Farming is changing in England from 1 January 2021

DEFRA has published a brochure detailing the changes that will happen to farming from 1 January 2021, including phasing out direct payments and the design of future schemes.

The brochure will be updated as needed and aims to remove some uncertainty. It gives information that farmers and those in the farming industry might need to get ready for the coming changes, such as:

  • phasing out direct payments
  • changing how we work together
  • changing rules and regulations
  • grant programmes

To download a pdf version of the booklet, or for details about how to request a printed copy, vising DEFRA's Farming is Changing website.

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Secretary of State's Letters to Businesses

In November, Business Secretary Alok Sharma wrote a series of open letters to businesses operating in various industry sectors providing an overview of the actions they will need to take from 1st January 2021. Sectors included:

The Advanced Manufacturing Sector

The Agri-food and Bio-Security Sector

The Retail Sector

The Tourism and Hospitality Sector

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Nutrition-related labelling, composition and standards from 1 January 2021

The Department of Health & Social Care has produced a document outlining changes to domestic and European Union (EU) legislation relating to nutrition-related labelling, composition and standards (NLCS). The subject areas covered by this are:

  • nutrition and health claims made on foods
  • the addition of vitamins, minerals and certain other substances to foods
  • composition and labelling of food supplements
  • the composition and labelling of food for specific groups (FSG)

To read the document, visit the Department of Health & Social Care's NLCS website

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UK Transition Business Webinars

To support businesses prepare for Brexit, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is hosting a series of free webinars to help you check the new rules and understand the actions to take. Each webinar session lasts around 45-60 minutes and can either be watched live as they are run, or as a recording if this is more convenient.

For further information about the range of webinar topics available and details about how to register, visit the BEIS Webinar page.

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International road haulage permits: ECMT permits 2021

If you carry goods to, from or through the EU, new rules will be in place from 1 January 2021 and you might need ECMT permits for some journeys to or through the EU from this date. It is, therefore, recommended that hauliers should apply for these in case they’re needed.

For further information about the permits, and details about fees and how to apply, visit the Government’s ECMT Guidance Notes.

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For the latest guidance on working in and travelling to the EU from 1 January 2021 for transport operators & workers and visitors & passengers, visit the Government’s Transport Collection Page.

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Sign up for the Trader Support Service if you deal with Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Protocol comes into force on 1st January bringing changes to the way goods move between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. If you transfer goods to or from Northern Ireland, the Government’s free Trader Support Service will guide you through any changes due to the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

The Service:

  • will help if you move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or bring goods into Northern Ireland from outside the UK
  • is free to use and will guide you through any changes to the way goods move between Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • can complete declarations on your behalf

For further information, and to sign up, visit the Government’s Trader Support Service website.

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Protecting food and drink names from 1 January 2021

New rules and logos are being introduced to guarantee authenticity and origin of British produce and help to protect British food and drink companies from imitation. In future, products such as Stilton cheese and Melton Mowbray pork pies, will carry new logos to help shoppers buy with confidence.

For further information, visit the Government’s Protected Food Name website.

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Placing manufactured goods on the EU market from 1 January 2021

The Government has published guidance about what you need to do to comply with regulations on manufactured goods you place on the market in the European Union from 1 January 2021.

For further information, visit their Manufactured Goods Transition site

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Use of the new UKCA marking in place of the CE mark

The UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking is a new UK product marking that will be used for goods being placed on the market in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland). It covers most goods which previously required the CE marking.

From 1 January 2021 the technical requirements (‘essential requirements’) you must meet – and the conformity assessment processes and standards that can be used to demonstrate conformity – will be largely the same as they are now.

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 1 January 2022 in most cases.

For further information about when and how to use the marking, as well as downloadable image files of the mark, visit the Government's UKCA website

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Launch of Government website for Customs, VAT and Excise-related legislation

The Government has launched a new website, where they will post information about changes in legislation and  relating to Customs, VAT and Excise arrangements when dealing with the EU after 1 January 2021, as well as any relevant Customs notices.

For further information, visit the Customs, VAT & Excise collection website

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Marking, labelling and marketing standards

The Government has produced guidance for businesses importing and exporting food products, plant seeds and manufactured goods, including information about labelling for food and drink and organic food. Go to their Marking & Labelling website for further information.

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Guidance for importing and exporting plants and plant products from 1st January 2021

Guidance notes have been published, outlining the requirements for importing and exporting plants and plant products, including information about Phytosanitary Certificates (PC) for high priority plants and plant products. These controls include living plants and certain plant products, such as some fruit & vegetables, cut flowers and timber etc. and even extend to used agricultural and forestry machinery. For further information, visit the Government's Plants & Plant Products website.

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