Watch our narrated video to explain how you need to get ready for leaving the EU. This guide is intended as a brief summary introduction only. Updates on advice issued by Gov.UK can be found below and we strongly recommend you visit this page regularly because requirements may be subject to change.

Alternatively the information in the video is in this pdf document which you can download and save.

 

Watch our narrated video to explain how the UK Border Operating Model applies to importing (non-CITES) live aquatic animals. This guide is intended as a brief summary introduction only. Updates on advice issued by Gov.UK can be found below and we strongly recommend you visit this page regularly because requirements may be subject to change.

Alternatively the information in the video is in this pdf document which you can download and save.

 

Watch our narrated video to explain the UK Border Operating Model and how to import CITES species. This guide is intended as a brief summary introduction only. Updates on advice issued by Gov.UK can be found below and we strongly recommend you visit this page regularly because requirements may be subject to change.

Alternatively the information in the video is in this pdf document which you can download and save.

 

 

The UK is leaving the EU single market and customs union and the end of the transition period will happen on 1 January 2021. Therefore businesses which import and export with EU countries need to start preparing themselves. We will gather information relevant to our industry on this page with links to government advice and we would urge you to bookmark this page and check it regularly.

Business Support Helpline

  • businesses in England: call 0800 998 1098
  • businesses in Scotland: call 0300 303 0660
  • businesses in Wales: call 0300 060 3000
  • businesses in Northern Ireland: call 0800 181 4422.

General advice

Importing – general

Importing livestock

Importing plants and plant products

Importing CITES

Transport

Exporting

Retail

Retail sector: end of transition period guidance

Watch the Government webinar for the retail sector

Manufacturing

The new UK domestic regime will cover most goods currently subject to the EU’s CE marking. The technical requirements for these goods will be the same on 1 January 2021 as they are now. However, there will be certain changes, including the introduction of the UKCA marking and a system of third-party conformity assessment by UK-recognised approved bodies, in place of the current EU system of notified bodies.

Veterinary Medicines

Find all the latest advice on the the VMD Information Hub here.

Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Protocol will take effect from 1 January 2021 and means there are different rules. So if you provide goods to Northern Ireland from Great Britain you need to get ready for these different process.

Employing people from the EU

Check the Government hub on the changes you need to prepare for if you employ people from EU countries.
UK points immigration system: a guide for employers

Information for EU businesses which trade with the UK

The UK Government has produced this website to help EU businesses get ready to continue to trade with UK businesses after 1 January 2021. Please share with any EU businesses you do business with to help them.

Trading with the UK: exporting animals and animal products to the UK (includes information on the new UK Office of the Sanitary and Phytosanitary Trade Assurance)

Other regulations

eCommerce Directive

At the end of the transition period, the eCommerce Directive will no longer apply to the UK. You should begin to prepare for these changes now. Rules relating to online activities in European Economic Area (EEA) countries may newly apply to UK online service providers who operate in the EEA from 1 January 2021. The eCommerce Directive currently allows EEA online service providers to operate in any EEA country, while only following relevant rules in the country in which they are established. This framework will no longer apply to UK providers as the UK will have left the EEA. This is likely to affect you if you sell online.

Find out more here.

Data protection

Personal data is any information that can be used to identify a living person, including names, delivery details, IP addresses, or HR data such as payroll details. Most organisations use personal data in their daily operations. So if a UK company receives customer information from an EU company, such as names and addresses, to provide goods or services you need to make sure you are up to date on the changes.

Find out more here.

This guide from the Information Commissioner’s Office for small to medium sized businesses also explains what you need to do to get ready.

Using your mobile in the EU

Surcharge-free roaming when you travel to EU and EEA countries will no longer be guaranteed from 1 January 2021. This would include employees of UK companies travelling in the EU for business.

Find out more here.