The transition period

There is now a transition period until the end of 2020 while the UK and EU negotiate additional arrangements.

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

Steps you can take to ensure your business is prepared are as follows:

  1. Speak to your local chamber of commerce, they are experienced in International trade and can help guide you
  2. Register here for an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number, you need this to Import and Export
  3. Check the terms of your existing contracts with your customers and suppliers
  4. Plan how your business will deal with customs declarations
  5. Appoint a customs broker/intermediary to make customs declarations on your behalf
  6. Check if customs guarantees and simplified procedures will be helpful for your business and complete the application processes
  7. Identify the staff that can be trained on customs and apply for HMRC grant funding
  8. Use the guidance available at

You should prepare now and subscribe to email updates about any additional arrangements.

Take actions now to get ready


UK Transition Resources

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) Export Toolkit provides guidance on exporting animals and animal products to the EU – UK Transition Export Animals Booklet

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

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 website Click here

Your local chamber of commerce can also assist, please see below:
Devon and Plymouth Chamber or email
Somerset Chamber or email

Get in touch

Contact the Growth Hub team to find out about support available locally.

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