Prepare for BREXIT

Preparing businesses for EU Exit

This information will help you understand how leaving the EU may affect your business. Visit gov.uk for full guidance to help you to prepare. The below EU Exit tool will help you to make detailed plans based on the profile of your business

Step 1 – Click on the image below to access the EU Exit tool.

Step 2 – Answer some simple questions about your business

Step 3 – Read the actions to take that are relevant to your business and sign up for email alerts to stay updated

Use the sections below to click on the information that is relevant to you / your business:

  • If you import or export from / to the EU:

    There may be changes to UK-EU trade at the UK border including on customs, tariffs and VAT. Take the first step to prepare now;

    • Apply for a UK Economic Operator Registration and Identification number to continue to trade with the EU (LINK) see the below for further info on EORI numbers
    • Check your responsibilities for making customs declarations: importing and exporting goods

    What you need to know about EORI numbers:

    Every business will need an EORI number to move goods into or out of the EU after Brexit. HMRC automatically sent an EORI number to a 88,000 VAT registered businesses that have previously traded with the EU.

    Businesses that:

    • are not VAT-registered
    • have a subsidiary company that also trades goods with the EU
    • are new, or have commenced trading with the EU since the start of 2018
    • already have an EORI number from the EU

    Will still need to apply online if they have not done so already. Getting an EORI number is an easy process that takes 5-10 minutes. Get started here http://bit.ly/EORINorth

    Further information about EORI numbers:

    • any business that already trades with non-EU countries and has a UK EORI number will continue to be able to use this for UK-EU trade and does not need to apply again
    • any business that already trades with non-EU countries and has an EU EORI number will be able to use this for UK-EU trade for a temporary period; HMRC will provide further information about moving to a UK EORI number shortly and these businesses do not need to apply for a UK EORI number at this time
    • EU EORI numbers will be begin with different country prefix, such as ‘IE’ or ‘FR’.

    Step-by step guide published on importing: www.gov.uk/prepare-import-to-uk-after-brexit Step-by step guide published on exporting: www.gov.uk/prepare-export-from-uk-after-brexit Guidance on proof of origin: trade continuity agreements and GSP: Proof of Origin Trade Continuity Agreements and GSP

    UK Traders

    How to import goods from the EU into the UK through roll on roll off (RoRo) locations after Brexit – View PDF (140kb)

    How to export goods into the EU through roll on roll off (RoRo) locations after Brexit – View PDF (140kb)

    EU Exit Import and Export Trader Helpline

    HMRC have launched the EU Exit Import and Export Trader Helpline for traders and hauliers importing from / exporting to the EU after Brexit.

    Call the helpline to find out about:

    • customs declarations and procedures
    • duties and tariffs
    • importing and exporting different goods
    • transporting goods to and from the EU
    • product safety regulations

    Telephone: 0300 3301 331
    Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm

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  • If you export outside the EU

    Department for International Trade have provided guidance explaining changes for UK exporters to India if we leave the EU with no deal. Exporting to India after Brexit if there’s no deal

    Department for International Trade have provided Guidance explaining changes for UK exporters to Norway if we leave the EU with no deal.  Exporting to Norway after Brexit if there’s no deal

    Department for International Trade have provided guidance explaining changes for UK exporters to Australia if we leave the EU with no deal.  Exporting to Australia after Brexit if there’s no deal

    Department for International Trade have provided guidance explaining changes for UK exporters to Switzerland if we leave the EU with no deal.  Exporting to Switzerland after Brexit if there’s no deal

  • If you transfer personal data into the UK:

  • If you provide services or operate in the EU:

    There may be new rules you need to comply with if you operate in EU/ EEA countries. This could affect your business if:

    • you have a branch(es) in the EU
    • you operate in a service sector within the EU
    • you’re planning a merger with an EU company
    • you or your employees travel to EU/EEA countries for business ;

    Check the regulations for the EU/EEA countries you operate in, including visa requirements, to understand how changes could affect your business (LINK).

  • If you are a UK business that trades with the EU:

    • Visit the dedicated ‘Communications resources‘ page that helps to explain the actions you must take to prepare and provides further guidance and support for each step. The page includes:
      • step-by-step guides for UK importers and exporters setting out the key actions they need to take to prepare their business
      • details of the latest guidance on key areas, such as how to successfully complete customs declarations and how to move goods to the EU through roll on roll off ports
      • links to the technical notices published in August last year
    • Further information and tools are available from the Department for International Trade on: existing trade agreements with non-EU countries which will be affected when we leave the EU

    If the UK leaves the EU with no deal, the UK will no longer operate under the European Economic Area (EEA) regulations for  the cross-border trade in services. This means that the rights and protections provided by the EU Directives and EU Treaty rights of Freedom of Movement and Freedom of Establishment will no longer apply to the UK.

  • If you sell manufactured goods:

    Your business may need to:

    • Check regulatory requirements for UK and EU markets, including labelling, approvals and testing by following this LINK
  • If you employ EU citizens:

    As an employer you will still be able to employ EU citizens as you do now and continue to conduct the same right to work checks. EU citizens should apply to the European Settlement Scheme by 31 December 2020 to continue working in the UK. Read the Employer Toolkit for further details on employing EU citizens (LINK).

  • If you hold intellectual property

    There may be changes that affect copyright, patents, designs and trade marks.

    • Read IP and Brexit: The Facts for full information from the Intellectual Property Office (LINK)

Below you will find information that has been provided by the different government departments:

Update from HMRC

Leaving the EU means there will be immediate changes to the way UK businesses trade with the EU that may impact your business. This includes UK businesses having to apply customs, excise and VAT procedures to trade with the EU, in the same way that already applies for goods and services traded outside the EU.

Customs intermediaries grant scheme £16 million in new government funding is now available to help businesses prepare. Businesses based in, or with a branch in the UK can apply for funding ahead of the UK leaving the EU. Grants can be used to support:

  • training costs for businesses who complete customs declarations, or who intend to in the future
  • IT improvements to help your business complete customs declarations more efficiently.

To ensure maximum impact, the second wave of the grant scheme allows businesses to apply for the full cost of training, within certain limits as set out in the guidance. Further information about EORI numbers We’ve published an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number mythbuster, which dispels common misconceptions about EORI numbers.

EU Exit Import and Export Trader Helpline

HMRC have launched the EU Exit Import and Export Trader Helpline for traders and hauliers importing from / exporting to the EU after Brexit. 

Contact the Brexit imports and exports helpline to receive information about importing and exporting goods after Brexit.

Call the helpline to find out about:

  • customs declarations and procedures
  • duties and tariffs
  • importing and exporting different goods
  • transporting goods to and from the EU
  • product safety regulations

Telephone: 0300 3301 331
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm

Find out about call charges