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.

Importing

Exporting

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.

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.