Brexit Hub

The has UK reached an agreement with the EU and new rules have now come into force. Read more here.

We are here to help you ensure you have the latest information to continue trading internationally with minimal disruption.

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The government has made £20 million available through the current SME Brexit Support Fund.

You can apply for up to £2,000 through the SME Brexit Support Fund to pay for practical support, including training and/or professional advice, if you are a trader with up to 500 employees and no more than £100 million annual turnover. Two types of grants are available:

Grant for Training

You can apply for this grant to book on our International Trade Operations and Procedures (ITOPS) workshops, starting in September 2021, and February 2022.

Grant for Professional Advice

This grant can be used towards the cost of our ChamberCustoms service.

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ChamberCustoms

ChamberCustoms is a customs declaration service delivered by the Chamber for UK importers and exporters, of all sizes.

With our extensive knowledge, reputation and first-class service in facilitating International Trade, we can take the hassle out of your hands when it comes to importing and exporting goods.

With our direct links to HMRC Customs handling system and inventory linked ports, we can ensure that your goods, no matter where they enter or leave the UK, will be cleared for onward transportation smoothly and swiftly.

Click here to find out more about ChamberCustoms.

Useful Resources

The Brexit checker tool is a good place for businesses to start and provides users with a list of personalised actions they need to take.

Documents to help businesses prepare for the new trading arrangements with the EU can be found below:

Action for businesses

Sector specific Brexit transition actions

Business Support Helpline allows you to speak to advisors for free advice.

Gov.uk alerts. Sign up and create an account to get alerts when changes are made to relevant guidance.

The Local Communications Toolkit provides campaign material to be used for promoting the actions citizens and businesses need to take. For further information please contact the Cabinet Office.

Guidance for UK nationals living in the EU.

Resources for traders on border readiness:

Step by step guides for importing and exporting

Video guides for importing and exporting

Process flows for importing and exporting

The BCC coordinated a Letter from Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Michael Gove MP, to businesses moving goods between the UK and the EU and between GB and NI, to help them prepare for the new trading relationship with the European Union following the end of the transition period.

The letter ties in with the Government’s Check, Change, Go campaign and highlights practical steps businesses need to take to prepare for the coming changes.

View exclusive series of videos and e-guides focussing on the changes to Customs Declarations, Rules of Origin and Tariffs and what they mean for your business.

Border Operating Model

The Border Operating Model provides clarity and certainty for the border industry and businesses, including technical detail on how the border with the EU will work after the transition period and the actions that traders, hauliers, ports and carriers need to take.

It covers all of the processes and systems, across all government departments, that will be used at the border. It provides clarity on the end to end journey for moving goods across the border – with information about controlled goods and new government systems that will support trade.

To help businesses prepare for these changes and continue to trade, guides on how to import and export goods are available in the form of a ‘journey’, so that you can clearly see every step you need to take to ensure that your goods are transported successfully.

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Importing from 1st January 2021

The process for importing goods from the EU has changed.  Click here for a step-by-step guide to importing.

Decision tree

If you trade with the EU, the government’s Import Decision Tree will help you prepare for these changes so you can continue to trade. Whether you’re completing the customs declarations yourself or have an intermediary to do it for you, these guides will take you through each step and set out your options.

The documents set out the information in the form of a ‘journey’, so that you can clearly see every step you need to take to ensure that your goods are transported successfully.

Click here for the import decision tree.

Qualifying for preference when importing from the EU

HMRC have provided a flowchart which will be useful when trying to decide if your goods qualify for preference when importing from the EU. Those wishing to re-export EU goods from the UK may also find it useful. Download the flowchart here.

Exporting from 1st January 2021

The process for exporting goods to the EU has changed. Click here for a step-by-step guide to exporting.

Decision tree

If you trade with the EU, the government’s Import Decision Tree will help you prepare for these changes so you can continue to trade. Whether you’re completing the customs declarations yourself or have an intermediary to do it for you, these guides will take you through each step and set out your options.

The documents set out the information in the form of a ‘journey’, so that you can clearly see every step you need to take to ensure that your goods are transported successfully.

Click here for the export decision tree.

Further information

Exporting active substances manufactured in Great Britain from 1 January 2021 – click here

Export licences and certificates from 1 January 2021 – click here

HMRC newsletter on Community, Common Transit and Transport International Roturiers – click here

UK’s new points-based immigration system – Employer guidance

The way you hire from the EU has changed, you will need to register as a licensed sponsor to hire eligible people from outside the UK.

Free movement has ended, and the new points-based immigration system introduced job, salary and language requirements that change the way you hire from the EU. The new system treats EU and non-EU citizens equally and transform the way in which employers recruit from outside the UK.

Click the link below to find out how to become a sponsor, who you can hire and how the system works.

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