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If you are a UK business that imports and/or exports, you will need to act now to prepare for the changes that will affect your trading with Europe and the rest of the world.

Businesses are taking action and by following some simple steps, you can prepare your business for Brexit. See below some useful links provided by the DIT.

1 – The UK has left the EU, find out what this means for you

  • Prepare now and subscribe to email updates about any additional arrangements and keep up to date with Brexit news Click link

2 – Check out the latest guidance and steps to:

  • Receive goods from the EU. Click link
  • Export or transport goods from the UK to the EU. Click link
  • Provide services to the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. Click link

3 – Further information and actions for UK businesses in a no-deal Brexit:

  • Check the status of the trade continuity agreements the UK has with non-EU countries to help you understand how trading may change and enable you to take appropriate action. Click link
  • You must register for an Open General Export Licence (OGEL) if you export dual-use (civilian and military) items to EU countries and the Channel Islands. Click link

4 – Information and actions for UK importers of goods in a no-deal Brexit:

  • You may need to pay different rates of customs duty (tariffs) on imports. These temporary rates would only be in place for up to 12 months. Click link
  • See what preferential trade arrangements are in place under the Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) to reduce or remove tariffs on your imports from certain developing countries. Click link

5 – Government events to help your business get ready for Brexit:

  • Brexit Business Readiness events to help businesses prepare for Brexit. Link to Events
  • DIT tailored Brexit Preparedness workshops for businesses that export. Link to Workshops
  • DIT webinars for exporters of goods and services. Link to Webinars
  • HMRC webinars for businesses involved in the movement of goods between the EU and the UK. Link to Webinars

6 – Guidance regarding personal data legislation:

  • Compliance with all personal data legislation regarding EU customer information, sent to and from the EU, is a hot topic catching businesses out. Click link

Get detailed information and tailored guidance on Brexit by answering a few questions at

If you can’t find the answers to your questions contact the imports and exports helpline.

Interested in finding out more? Sign up for alerts on subjects including the Article 50 process, trade negotiations, and announcements about changes to trading.


Source: The Department for International Trade (DIT), October 2019

CBI – No deal preparations Hub

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Prepare your business for the possibility of a no deal Brexit with the CBI’s Brexit Hub.

Securing a good deal with the EU, our most important trading partner, will open doors that have been closed by uncertainty. However, with 31 October fast approaching, the CBI is supporting business’ efforts to prepare for a disorderly exit.


Source: The CBI, October 2019


European Commission – Questions and Answers

Questions and answers on the United Kingdom’s withdrawn from the European Union on 31st January 2020

The United Kingdom is set to leave the European Union at midnight on 31st January 2020, at which time the UK will no longer be a Member State of the European Union

Source:  European Commission, January 2020



Dachser – Brexit Checklist

Dachser have prepared a Brexit Checklist guidance document, which highlights the practical steps that need to be considered.


Source: Dachser, June 2019

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