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, here are 9 immediate actions you can take:

  1. Register for a UK Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number
  2. Decide if you want to hire an agent to make import and/or export declarations for you or if you want to make these declarations yourself (by buying software that interacts with HMRC’s systems, registering for the National Export System). Customs intermediaries and traders completing customs declarations can now apply for grants to support training and IT.
  3. Contact the organisation that moves your goods (for example, a haulage firm) to find out if you will need to supply additional information to them - and make sure drivers understand the documents they need at the border.
  4. Ensure you are aware of the new import procedures.
  5. Confirm if you need licences or certificates to bring your goods across the border.
  6. Be aware of changes to the way you account for VAT on imports.
  7. Check for updates on tariffs that apply to your goods, and consider using duty relief schemes
  8. Ensure you're prepared to allow any personal data flows from Europe to continue after EU exit.
  9. Signpost your European employees to the EU Settlement Scheme.
  10. Sign up for the Government's business readiness bulletins
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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).

A series of videos covering what businesses need to know about exports and imports, customs, commodity codes and controlled goods.

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 transition

The British Chambers of Commerce transition business guidance

Information from the Federation of Small Business on transition

Guidance and resources for organisations after Britain leaves the EU from the Information Commissioners Office



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   and your business.

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