There are new rules for businesses and citizens from 1 January 2021.

Changes for businesses and citizens

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Prepare to import goods from the EU to Great Britain from 1 January 2021

The process for importing goods from the EU will change. Businesses in Great Britain need to complete the following actions to continue importing from EU countries from 1 January 2021.

From 1 January 2021, you’ll need to make customs declarations when you import goods from the EU. These rules currently apply to importing goods from the rest of the world, including Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

You can make the declarations yourself or hire someone else such as a courier, freight forwarder or customs agent.

From 1 January 2021, you’ll need to make customs declarations when you import goods from the EU.

In some situations, you can delay making a declaration for up to 6 months after you imported the goods.

Prepare to export goods from the EU to Great Britain from 1 January 2021

The process for exporting goods to the EU will change. Businesses in Great Britain need to complete the following actions to continue exporting to EU countries from 1 January 2021.

From 1 January 2021, you’ll need to make customs declarations when exporting goods to the EU. These rules currently apply to exporting goods to the rest of the world, including Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

You can make the declarations yourself or hire someone else such as a courier, freight forwarder or customs agent.

From 1 January 2021, you can charge customers VAT at 0% (known as ‘zero rate’) on most goods you export to the EU.

  • The EU business importing your goods will also need to prepare for 1 January 2021.

    Before sending the business your goods, check they can make the necessary import customs declarations. They’ll also need a licence or certificate to import some types of goods.

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UK Transitions Business Webinar: Prepare your business for new rules from January 2021

To support business preparations the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is hosting free webinars to help you check the new rules and understand the actions to take.

Join a free webinar in October to understand the actions that your business needs to take before the end of the year.

Webinar sign-up: https://bit.ly/3jsDWvs

Thinking of hiring from the EU next year?

The way you hire from the EU is changing. From 1 January 2021, you will need to register as a licensed sponsor to hire eligible people from outside the UK.

Free movement is ending, and the new points-based immigration system will introduce job, salary and language requirements that will change the way you hire from the EU.

The new system will treat EU and non-EU citizens equally and transform the way in which employers recruit from outside the UK.

You’ll need a sponsor licence to hire most eligible employees from outside the UK. This does not apply to Irish citizens.

Some immigration routes, such as Global Talent, are ‘unsponsored’. You don’t need a licence to hire employees with an unsponsored visa.

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