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:

  1. 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. Hauliers must obtain a Kent Access Permit and have a negative COVID test before they head to port in Kent 

  2. Services - if you deliver services to the EU, you must check whether your professional qualification is recognised by the appropriate EU regulator 

  3. People - if you need to hire skilled staff from the EU, you must apply to become a licensed sponsor 

  4. Travel - if you need to travel to the EU for business, you must check whether you need a visa or work permit 

  5. 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 

  6. 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 

 

Click on the links below to get more information on:

 
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Round up of resources for businesses 

FULL Guidance and support from UK Government on the transition period. 

Free live and recorded webinars to help businesses check the new rules and understand the actions they need to take.

The business helpline provides free advice on where businesses can find information and guidance. Telephone: 0300 2000 900 (Mon-Fri 8am to 6pm).

Keep your business moving: register now to access 18 video explainers on doing business with Europe including importing and exporting, trade, data, and audit and accounting

Check out our Calendar for local and national events offering support to business

Trader Support Service for businesses trading the Northern Ireland. The service provides guidance and training, a digital service to support declarations, and support from customs experts.

Cornwall Council dedicated page on EU Exit

The British Chambers of Commerce trade hub

Information from the Federation of Small Business on EU transition

Guidance and resources for organisations now Britain has left the EU from the Information Commissioners Office

 

 

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