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: 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:

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: