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UK Transition Advice – Links to help your business prepare


The UK is leaving the EU single market and customs union, and the end of the transition period will affect citizens, businesses, as well as travel to and from the EU.

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.

Below are some useful links to assist with your preparations:

1 – General advice:

  • Time is running out.  There are new rules for businesses and citizens from 1 January 2021. Please check the government UK Transition website for overall guidance Click link
  • European Commission advice – Click link

2 – Customs between GB (not including NI) to EU:

  • A guide to how the border with the European Union will work after the transition period.. Click link
  • UK Trade Tariff: community and common transit outwards. Click link
  • Trade Support Service. Click link
  • How you can hire a person or business to deal with customs for you. Click link

3 – Duty rates into the UK:

  • Trade Tariff: look up commodity codes, duty and VAT rates. Click link
  • Check UK trade tariffs from 1 January 2021. Click link

4 – Duty rates into the EU:

  • European Commission – Exporting into the EU – what you need to know: Click link
  • EU tariffs. Click link

5 – Importing from EU:

  • Prepare to import goods from the EU to Great Britain from 1 January 2021. Click link
  • Delaying declarations for EU goods brought into Great Britain from 1 January 2021.  Click link
  • Import goods from outside the EU: step by step. Click link
  • CHIEF – customer procedure codes. Click link
  • Apply to use simplified declarations for imports. Click link

6 – Exporting from GB to EU:

  • Prepare to export goods from GB to EU. Click link
  • Check if you can use Transit to move goods to the EU and Common Transit countries.  Click link
  • Placing manufactured goods on the market from 1st January 2020. Click link
  • CHIEF – customer procedure codes. Click link
  • Apply to use simplified declarations for imports. Click link

7 – Northern Ireland Protocol:

  • Moving goods under the Northern Ireland Protocol. Click link

8 – UK EORI:

9 – VAT Charging and Reclaim:

  • Claim VAT refunds from EU countries from 1 January 2021. Click link
  • Check when you can account for import VAT on your VAT Return from 1 January 2021. Click link

10 – UKCA Marking:

  • Using the UKCA mark from 1st January 2020. Click link


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