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