Brexit: new rules are here

Changes for businesses and citizens

Check what you need to do differently if you’re:

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.

Small and medium-sized enterprises toolkit– trading with the EU and Northern Ireland

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has produced a toolkit for small and medium-sized enterprises to help them identify the decisions and actions they need to make to continue trading with the EU and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).

The document provides an overview of actions to take outlines support, helplines and resources that may be useful for SMEs and signposts to more detailed guidance on government websites.

Toolkit: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1MrffHqFVG_8OOnvSwkQ3VRHQHuIaumF9/view?usp=sharing

Keep your business moving

Doing business with Europe has changed. You need to follow new rules on exports, imports, tariffs, data and hiring. Watch the video to find out what the new rules mean for your business. You can also use the Brexit checker to get a personalised list of actions.

If your business falls under any of these sectors, click to see the changes that are happening