European Union (EU) Exit
Doing business with Europe has changed. You need to follow new rules on exports, imports, tariffs, data and hiring.
What do you need to do?
The GOV.UK website has all the info you need to make sure you have taken any action required following the new Agreements with the EU. You may need to take a range of actions and we'd recommend you use the Government's Checker Tool to find out what they are for your business.
However, these 6 key actions should act as a guide for every business affected by the new rules:
Goods - if you import or export goods to the EU, you must get an EORI number, make customs declarations or employ an agent to do them for you, check if your goods require extra papers (like plant or animal products) and speak to the EU business you’re trading with to make sure they’re completing the right EU paperwork. There are also special rules that apply to Northern Ireland.
Full customs declarations and controls are due to be introduced on 1 January 2022. This means that the option to delay your customs declarations for up to 175 days, without an authorisation from HMRC, is coming to an end on 31 December. Read more here
Services - if you deliver services to the EU, you must check whether your professional qualification is recognised by the appropriate EU regulator
People - if you need to hire skilled staff from the EU, you must apply to become a licensed sponsor
Travel - if you need to travel to the EU for business, you must check whether you need a visa or work permit
Data - if your goods are protected by Intellectual Property (IP), you will need to check the new rules for parallel exporting IP protected goods from the UK to the EU, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. You risk infringing on IP rights if you do not follow the new rules
Accounting and reporting - if your business has a presence in the EU you may need to change how you undertake accounting and reporting to ensure compliance with the relevant requirements