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:
- Importing and exporting
- Travelling to the EU
- Providing services to the EU
- Transport goods to the EU
- Employing people
- Exchanging data with EU businesses.
- 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: further changes will be introduced. These will include traders needing to make full safety and security declarations for all imports, meeting Export Health Certificate and Phytosanitary Certificates requirements and being ready for physical checks on sanitary and phytosanitary goods at Border Control Posts.
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:
- contact the Kent and Medway Growth Hub to speak to an adviser about your business and Brexit by calling 03333 602300.
- visit our Trading goods with the EU page for up to date advice and webinars from Kent Trading Standards on importing and exporting goods.
- visit the Kent International Business website for access to a range of export support organisations in Kent including the Department for International Trade (practical advice on changes to be made to ensure ongoing export-readiness) and Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce (export and customs documentation).
- ask the Department for International Trade export support team a question about things like exporting to new markets, paperwork you need to sell your goods abroad and rules for a specific country where you want to sell services.
- watch UK government videos highlighting what businesses need to know about exports and imports, customs, commodity codes and controlled goods.
Border Operating Model
Traders and hauliers must take the steps outlined in the government’s Border Operating Model. The model was updated in July 2021 to reflect the revised timetable for the introduction of the next stage of UK import requirements and includes additional information about policies and processes.
HMRC has issued advice for traders on the customs changes that come into effect on 1 January 2022.
This includes guidance on: