Transition Period

The UK has left the EU and the transition period after Brexit comes to an end this year. Now is the time to start thinking about the impact on your business and the actions you need to take to prepare.

What's going to change?

  • Trade, importing and exporting
    • Customs, taxes and duties, export and import declarations

  • Placing goods on the market
    • Certification and labelling of products and materials

  • Hiring staff outside and inside the UK
    • Immigration and employment

  • Providing services to EU markets
    • Travel, business and qualification recognition

  • Using personal data
    • Transfer of personal data between the UK, EU and select third countries

What do you need to do?

You may need to take a range of actions, you can use the Checker Tool to find out what they are for your business, but to get started you can:

  • make sure you have an EORI number starting in GB if you import or export
  • check if your goods need an import or export Licence, e.g. chemicals or food, and apply for what you need
  • make sure you understand your VAT responsibilities and what you might have to pay

Round up of resources for businesses 

Guidance and support from UK Government on the transition period. You can also sign up for transition period alerts.

Checker Tool on GOV.UK detailing exactly what businesses need to do

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 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm).

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

Trader Support Service for businesses trading the Northern Ireland - changes take effect on 1 January 2021. The service provides guidance and training, a digital service to support declarations, and support from customs experts.

Cornwall Council dedicated page on EU transition

Notices from the European Commission departments on changes within their areas of law and policy.

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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