Prime Minister, Boris Johnson gave a statement on the outcome of negotiations with the European Union on Thursday 24 December 2020. In his statement he announced that the United Kingdom and the European Union have agreed a Trade and Cooperation Agreement governing future trade relations from 1 January 2021, that will see no tariffs or quotas on the movement of goods produced between the UK and the EU.  An explainer document is available here

Get ready for the UK’s deal with the EU

Businesses are encouraged to prepare for the new arrangements for trading with the EU in January 2021.

You should prepare now and subscribe to email updates about any additional arrangements. Use the guidance available at https://www.gov.uk/transition

We have prepared a number of UK transition business resources below:

General UK Transition Information

Businesses need to follow these actions to continue importing from EU countries from 1 January 2021.

Guidance on the functions of the CMA after the end of the Transition Period – read online here
Draft guidance on the functions of the CMA after the end of the Transition Period – read online here

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs webinars

The webinars hosted by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs are now available to watch online. The webinars covered the following topics:

  • Exporting Products of Animal Origin (POAO) from Great Britain to the European Union
  • Exporting Fish and Fishery Products for Human Consumption from Great Britain to the European Union
  • Exporting Live Animals from Great Britain to the European Union
  • Exporting Equines from Great Britain to the European Union
  • Exporting Composite Goods from Great Britain to the European Union
  • Export Health Certificates

To view the above webinars, visit the webpage here

Sector specific webinars
Free webinars to help you check the new rules and understand the actions to take for your sector.

Hosted by Workcast for the Department for UK Transition. Book online here

Growth Hub webinars

We have several webinars available on our YouTube here.

The Q&A sheet from our webinar on the 20 November is also available to download: UK Transition Webinar 20 November Q&A

The slides from our webinar on the 11 December are also available to download: UK Transition Webinar 11 December Slides

Webinars for EU-based organisations that trade with the UK

Learn more about UK border requirements from 1 January by watching previously-held webinars:

  • Brexit Transition: UK-Spain border requirements // Requisitos fronterizos entre Reino Unido y España

Selected webinars are available online here.

Opportunities

The way that opportunities to supply the UK public sector are advertised is about to change. From 23:00 on 31 December 2020, information on public sector contract opportunities in the UK will be published on the new Find a Tender Service (FTS).

Existing Contracts Finder account holders will be able to use the same login credentials for Find a Tender. You can register now in preparation for its launch on 31 December.

Agreements with the following countries and trading blocs are expected to take effect when existing EU trade agreements no longer apply to the UK, from 1 January 2021.

Importing/Exporting

New to exporting, wishing to enhance your international trade knowledge? If so funding is now open to all businesses wishing to develop knowledge of international trade and customs declarations. You can apply for the training grants for the courses by registering via the gov.uk website Click here

Your local chamber of commerce can also assist, please see below:
Devon and Plymouth Chamber or email international-trade@devonchamber.co.uk
Somerset Chamber or email export@somerset-chamber.co.uk

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 (click here) to continue importing from EU countries from 1 January 2021.

Customs
Check the terms of your existing contracts with your customers and suppliers and plan how your business will deal with customs declarations, if necessary appoint a customs broker/intermediary to make customs declarations on your behalf for a list of customs agents and fast parcel operators click here you will also need to check if customs guarantees and simplified procedures will be helpful for your business and complete the application processes.

For more details on the exporting lifecycle please go to our step by step exporting toolkit here. You will also need to identify the staff that can be trained on customs and apply for HMRC grant funding.

Trader Support Service (TSS)
The Trader Support Service is live. Register now if you are a business who moves goods into Northern Ireland. The TSS will help you prepare for new processes from 1 January 2021, free of charge. Register here

For an extensive breakdown of the transport and travel guidelines for after the 1 January 2021, read the information online.

If you’re a haulier and move goods through a port in the UK that uses the Goods Vehicle Movement Service you’ll need to register for the service to get your goods through customs

From 1 January 2021, there will be changes to how you import and declare excise goods (alcohol, tobacco and certain oils). More information is available online here.

Please ensure your wooden packaging complies with the importing/exporting regulations as stated online here.

The Better Business for All (BBfA) Export Toolkit provides guidance on exporting animals and animal products to the EU – UK Transition Export Animals Guide

Import of products, animals, food and feed system (IPAFFS) is the domestic system for the import of live animals, animal products and high risk food and feed not of animal origin into Great Britain. Import of products, animals, food and feed system (IPAFFS) guide

Immigration and Employment

If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen resident in the UK by 31 December 2020, you and your family members need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK beyond 30 June 2021. Please click here for more information.

This toolkit will equip you with the right materials and information to support EU citizens to apply to stay in the UK. Please click here for more information.

Locations where you can go to get your biometric ID document scanned if you do not have an Android device with near field communication (NFC). Details are online.

The UK is introducing a points-based immigration system from 2021 please click here for more details.

Find out what EU citizens need to do if they are working in the UK from 1 January 2021. EU business: working in the UK for more details.

Food production and fisheries

What you need to do as a fisheries business from 1 January 2021, information now available online.

More details on exporting of fish to the EU are available online.

How to prove your fish has been caught legally for imports and exports of fish, information is now available online.

MMO short guide on changes from 1st Jan 2021, information is now available online.

How to export wild caught marine fishery products to the EU from 01 January 2021. Details are available online.

How importers and exporters of live fish, molluscs and crustaceans for farming, ornamental, or any other purpose except direct human consumption, should prepare for changes from 1 January 2021.

Importing and exporting live fish and shellfish from 1 January 2021

The Better Business for All (BBfA) Food Labelling guide gives food producers an insight into the important changes that surround food labelling – UK Transition Food Labelling Guide

How manufacturers and importers of fertilisers should prepare for changes from 1 January 2021. Manufacturing and marketing fertilisers from 1 January 2021

The NFU has produced a series of webinars to provide insights for traders of plants/plant products between GB and the EU/NI. Watch online here

Northern Ireland

Tell HMRC if you sell goods in Northern Ireland or move goods between Northern Ireland and the EU from 1 January 2021. Guidance is available online here.

If you move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland the Trader Support Service will guide you through any changes due to the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Legal, Data and Regulatory

You will need an EU EORI number if your business will be making customs declarations or getting a customs decision in the EU. Get this from the customs authority in the EU country where you submit your first declaration or request your first decision.it only take ten minutes if you have:

  • VAT number and effective date of registration – these are on your VAT registration certificate
  • National Insurance number – if you’re an individual or a sole trader
  • Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) – find your UTR if you do not know it
  • Business start date and Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code – these are in the Companies House register
  • Government Gateway user ID and password

To find the latest tariff schedule please click here

HMRC have issued a letter to VAT registered businesses regarding trade with the EU from 1 January 2021. Read it here

The Better Business for All (BBfA) UKCA mark guide provides guidelines on using the UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) mark – UK Transition UKCA Labelling Guide

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. Please click here for guidance.

The Better Business for All (BBfA) Food Labelling guide gives food producers an insight into the important changes that surround food labelling – UK Transition Food Labelling Guide

To find our what action you need to take regarding data protection and data flows with the EU/EEA after the end of the transition period please click here.

For more information on these changes, please click here.

The rules governing address for service for intellectual property rights in the UK are changing.

Guidance for businesses and organisations holding EU trade marks at the end of the transition period is available online.

On 1 January 2021 there will be changes to UK intellectual property law to ensure the smooth departure from EU IP systems.

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