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International Trade Help and Brexit Guidance


The Preparing for EU Exit website is the central site for guidance aimed at businesses and individuals.

A tool has been developed for businesses as well to help them prepare for EU Exit. It asks businesses to answer 7 questions across key business operation areas that will be impacted and then pulls together guidance relating to their circumstances. You can find it online here.  

Brexit Business Impact Survey
To help shape the Government's planning for a 'no deal' scenario we would like to collate intelligence from you on how you believe this would impact on your business.  The results of this survey will then be fed back to Government to help inform any ‘no deal’ planning. Complete survey

You can view the latest (11 Jan 2019) Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy statement on a no-deal Brexit scenario here

HM Revenue and Customs has published a number of guides to customs processes that will apply in the event of a No Deal Brexit.  Individual documents cover a range of subjects including general importing and exporting from EU and non-EU countries as well information for specific activity such as courier and postal services, tour operators, alcohol sales, haulage, shipping and forwarding.

In the event that the UK exits the EU without a deal, from 11pm GMT on 29 March 2019, many UK businesses will need to apply the same processes to EU trade that apply when trading with the rest of the world.   Please refer to the Guidance: Declaring your goods at customs if the UK leaves the EU with no deal

Businesses that only trade in the EU and are registered with HMRC for VAT purposes should have received a letter from HMRC early in December.

The letter asks businesses to take three actions now:

  • register for a UK Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number
  • decide whether they will use a customs agent to make import and/or export declarations or will make the declarations themselves using specialist software
  • contact the organisation that moves their goods (for example, a haulage firm) to find out if they will need to supply additional information to complete safety and security declarations, or whether they will need to submit these declarations themselves.

HMRC will write to these businesses again to let them know what further actions they will need to take and when.

The Customs Training and IT Grants Scheme has opened to help support training and IT improvements for customs intermediaries and traders that complete customs declarations.

The Brexit Deal Explained is a website launched by the Government to explain the Withdrawal Agreement in terms of economy, jobs, security, free trade, businesses and borders.

The Government website carries information on a range of subject areas likely to be affected by Brexit.

Brexit Checklist has been issued by East Midlands Chamber to help businesses consider the changes that Brexit might bring and to assist with planning at both operational and Board levels.

British Chambers of Commerce have published a list of FAQs on the withdrawal agreement.  View a copy of the draft Brexit Withdrawal Agreement

Led by the Brexit Advisory Group, the Chamber has developed a range of events, training and workshops to help businesses understand the latest implications and develop strategies for how they can respond to Brexit.

The Open to Export website includes FAQs on Brexit.  Open to Export is an online information service from The Institute of Export & International Trade.


The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has produced a blog on how the ICO is helping SMEs prepare.

The ICO also have a dedicated section on their website.  This includes Six Steps to take to prepare for data protection compliance if the UK leaves the EU without a deal along with general guidance and FAQs.

In addition to the services offered by Department for
International Trade
there are a number of national and regional services that you can access for advice and guidance on developing international markets including:-

Enterprise Europe Network Midlands (EEN)


Enterprise Europe Network Midlands - EEN

Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) helps ambitious businesses innovate and grow internationally. Jointly funded by the European Commission and Innovate UK, our experts advise and connect those looking to commercialise ideas and succeed in new markets. We assist with technology transfer opportunities, promote your existing technology or find potential business partners and broker partnership agreements. If you want to launch your latest exciting innovation, or you are a business exporting regularly, or for the first time, the Enterprise Europe Network can help you. In the UK, Enterprise Europe Network is delivered by 24 organisations located across England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland.


Contact the Enterprise Europe Network on 0333 3200333 or email

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)


HM Revenue and Customs

HMRC offer a range of support for exporters. Companies new to trading overseas will find HMRC’s Guide to exporting useful along with webinars on support for international trade. All services are supported by the Customs helpline tel: 0300 200 3700.


HMRC information hosted on the website covers a range of topics including starting to import and export, VAT and other taxes, commodity codes, tax duties and licenses that apply to your goods, importing and exporting by post, shipping goods and incoterms.

A range of webinars - online seminars - have been designed especially for those about to be involved in trading internationally. Register online for one hour sessions introducing International Trade, Inward Processing (IP), Outward Processing (OP), Customs Warehousing and Export Preference.

Chamber International Trade Team


Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce

Information and support for companies trading internationally can be accessed through the East Midlands Chamber International Trade team. The Export Documentation service supports local businesses by issuing and certifying a range of documents to ensure the smooth transition of goods overseas.


Specialised training courses are available to support export documentation staff in companies as well as a full range of international trading activities. Search here for more details of forthcoming courses or ask for a customised inhouse course 0333 3200 333.

Export Britain


Export Britain

Export Britain showcases opportunities in key international markets, and links UK exporters to support available from British Chambers of Commerce and business groups both in the UK and around the world.


Whether taking your first steps or looking to grow your export business, Export Britain can help with every stage of your export journey.

Europe Direct East Midlands (North)

Co-funded by the European Commission, the purpose of Europe Direct East Midlands (North) is to engage with the public on European Union (EU) topics of relevance at a local and regional level. Should a query require more specialist and in-depth analysis, they are able to contact the Europe Centre in Brussels directly for additional resources and material.

Find out more here



International Student Placement Office


International Student Placement Office

ISPO is a cost effective means by which to further your international links, with the introduction of skilled international students who bring a wealth of cultural and linguistic awareness into your organisation. ISPO has been sourcing international students for many years now and has helped companies develop their international trade in such areas as marketing, sales, market research, communication, IT, engineering and many more and can source students for companies through links with over 250 continental education establishments.


Find out more about ISPO here.


UK Export Finance

Financial support for new and experienced exporters can be accessed through UK Export finance and the Department for
International Trade

Funding to support the development of local businesses is listed under Local Access to Finance

Useful information