Brexit information for businesses

Doing business with Europe has changed.

The UK has left the Single Market and Customs Union and new rules now apply.

Get a personalised checklist for your business by answering a few short questions on the UK Government’s Brexit Checker. It will help you understand the changes and what you need to do.

The government’s website also contains detail on a range of topics for businesses including:

Key dates

  • 1 January 2022 -  new requirements will apply to importing animal and plant products. You can register for webinars on changes to importing food and drink, including composite food and fishery products from the EU to Great Britain from 1 January 2022.
  • 1 July 2022 - traders must declare all goods at the point of importation, pay relevant duties, complete full safety and security declarations and prepare for physical checks at the border.

Support for Kent businesses

If you're a local business and would like some advice on how to prepare and adapt to the new rules, you can:

Border Operating Model

Traders and hauliers must take the steps outlined in the government’s Border Operating Model. It was updated in July 2021 to reflect the revised timetable for the introduction of the next stage of UK import requirements and now includes additional information about policies and processes.

The government has also published some step-by-step explainers on: