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. 
    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 

  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:

Image of man welding promoting EU exit

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.

HMRC letter to VAT-registered businesses in Great Britain trading with the EU, highlighting the new rules and actions to take for importing goods from or exporting goods to the EU.

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

Trader Support Service for businesses trading  with 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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