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The UK Transition - Business Readiness

The UK has left the EU, and the transition period after Brexit comes to an end this year. Take action now to get ready for new rules from January 2021.

Issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for businesses.

  1. Preparing for the end of the Transition Period - Guidance for Business Sectors

  2. UK Trade Agreements with Non-EU Countries

  3. Transition Webinars

  4. New Guidance and Updated Guidance

  5. Useful Tools for your Business

Preparing for the end of the Transition Period - Guidance for Business Sectors

With the transition period ending in 58 days time, time is running out to prepare your business. A series of checklists depending on your sector, have been produced for businesses to use, to help you prepare for 1st January 2021. Find your sector below:

UK Trade Agreements with Non-EU Countries

Guidance on the trade agreements the UK has signed with Non-EU countries and our discussions with countries the EU has a trade agreement with can be found here

Transition Webinars

The Business Secretary Alok Sharma is encouraging firms to sign up for UK Transition Business Webinars to find out more about the actions to take.

"Time is running out for businesses to get ready for the end of the transition period on 31st December and prepare for the guaranteed set of changes and opportunities ahead. I urge as many businesses as possible to sign up to the second phase of our webinars or visit to see what actions need to be taken to ensure we’re ready for the UK’s new start as an independent country.” - Alok Sharma

Find out more and register for all transition webinars here

New Guidance and Updated Guidance

Using the UKNI marking from 1st January 2021:

The UKNI marking is a new conformity marking for products placed on the market in Northern Ireland which have undergone mandatory third-party conformity assessment by a body based in the UK.

To find out if you need to use it, and if so, how, click here

Applying for grants if your business completes customs declarations for funding for recruitment, training and IT improvements:

Information has been added about General Block Exemption Regulations (GBER).

Click here for more information

Added guidance on transporting live animals:

There is added guidance on the documents you will need to transport live animals with regards to exporting or moving live animals and animal products to the EU from 1st January 2021 and importing animals, animal products and high-risk food and feed not of animal origin from 1 January 2021.

ECMT International Road Haulage Permits:

The updated guidance now includes a direct link to the service to apply for ECMT permits for 2021. The deadline to apply is 11:59pm on 20 November 2020.

Accounting for VAT on goods and services provided by registered health professionals:

There is now updated guidance on the zero rate of VAT for the supply of PPE equipment reverting to the standard rate of VAT from 1st November 2020.

Useful Tools for your Business

  • The checker tool will give you a personalised list of actions you need to take now.
  • The how to export goods tool provides information for UK exporters about the UK border, duties, rules of origin, and customs procedures for over 160 markets around the world.
  • The trade with the UK tool provides information for international businesses exporting goods to the UK. It covers taxes, tariffs, commodity codes and regulations and also provides information for goods going into Northern Ireland.
  • See specific guidance on moving goods into, out of, or through Northern Ireland, here

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has launched a series of new, on-demand videos to help businesses familiarise themselves with the new rules and the actions they should take. Businesses can find out more about the 18 topics, including importing and exporting, trade, data, and audit and accounting.

Register here to immediately access the video content

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