Post EU Exit Guidance

Now that the UK has left the EU, businesses need support through the transition period.

31st Dec 2020 will mark the  end of transition period.

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

Latest News Check Change Go Post-Transition Brexit Checklist No Deal Guidance Dashboard Useful Tools Data Protection Certificates of Origin Check Duties and Customs

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UK Internal Market White Paper

A newly published white paper sets out policy options to protect the flow of goods and services across the UK after the end of transition period.

To secure this, the government proposes to enshrine in law 2 principles:
– the principle of mutual recognition
– the principle of non-discrimination

Mutual recognition means that the rules governing the production and sale of goods and services in one part of the UK are recognised in the other parts of the UK, and should present no barrier to the flow of goods and services between different regulatory systems.

Non-discrimination means that it is not possible for one regulatory regime to introduce rules that discriminate specifically against goods and services from another.

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Check, Change, Go: Preparing for End of the Transition Period

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.

You can use a straightforward checker tool at which quickly identifies the necessary next steps your business needs to take.

The actions people and business owners need to take vary based on their circumstances and could include making sure you can travel to Europe, and be ready to export or import from/to the EU, for example by getting an EU EORI number or registering with the relevant Customs Authority.

Check Change Go

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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Post-Transition Brexit Checklist

This checklist has been created to help you consider the changes that Brexit may bring to your firm, after the transition ends in December 2020. It is here to support business planning at both operational and Board levels.

Now that the UK has left the EU, a business-as-usual transition period as negotiations to establish a future relationship beyond December 2020 take place. If these talks fail to produce an agreement, a ‘no-deal’ Brexit is still possible in December 2020.

While some companies are planning for the challenges and opportunities ahead, Chambers of Commerce believe that all firms – not just those directly and immediately affected – should be undertaking a Brexit ‘health check’ and a broader test of existing business plans. Time spent thinking through the changes that Brexit may bring to your firm could yield real dividends in future.

The checklist below has been prepared in response to BCC research on business preparation, member queries and the information available from government.

We hope you find it useful as a basis for business planning at both operational and Board level.

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No Deal Guidance Dashboard

We are now in a transition period as negotiations to establish a future relationship beyond December 2020 take place.

The British Chambers of Commerce has evaluated the quality of official guidance to assess whether it provides sufficiently clear, complete, visible, timely and actionable information which businesses can use to prepare for change.

This is not an assessment of the impact of a no-deal exit, or a judgement on the desirability of the policy change in each case. It is an assessment of whether businesses can act on the basis of the guidance available.

BCC has compiled the 36 questions most frequently raised by companies.

Only 6 are marked green – the top rating for available information based on our quality criteria, 9 are red – indicating no information at all on which to plan, and 21 are amber – indicating that some information is available but there remain gaps and / or other quality issues to address.


Useful Tools

Currently we are in a transition period until the end of 2020, while the UK and EU negotiate additional arrangements.

The current rules on trade, travel, and business for the UK and EU will continue to apply during the transition period.

Your business can take some actions now to prepare for 2021.

Use this information to understand what your business needs to do during the transition period until December 2020.


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Data Protection Guidance For Brexit

Data Protection must be taken very seriously, and we want to ensure you are fully prepared for what will happen after the transition period.

Here are several links to help:


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Preference and Non-Preference Certificates of Origin

Businesses need answers they can base decisions on, no matter the outcome after the transition period. This includes the trade documentation for use by exporters to prove origin.

Should the United Kingdom reach a Withdrawal Agreement with the EU, then the existing documents that you currently issue will continue to be used throughout any period of transition (Certificates of Origin, EUR1, ATR).

As part of our contingency planning for a no-deal Brexit, our colleagues at the British Chambers of Commerce have worked closely with HMRC and the DIT on the revised format of preference and non-preferential certificates of origin. In the event of a no-deal Brexit we have made preparations to enable us to provide you with continuity of service through the issuance of revised ‘United Kingdom’ documentation.

If you hold blank certificates for printing at your business premises then we will contact you in advance of any change to arrange a supply of replacement certificates. The replacement certificates should only be used in the event that the United Kingdom leaves the European Union in a no-deal scenario.

Our team of International Trade experts are on hand for advice should you require it.

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Check duties and customs procedures for exporting goods

The Department for International Trade (DIT) has also produced a How to Export Goods tool for UK exporters.

If you have questions about customs and tariffs contact HMRC imports and exports.

Before you start

You’ll need to know what your product is made of to get the correct information about how to export it.

Example: If you’re exporting chocolate, you’ll need to know if it contains added cereal, fruit or nuts.

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