Trading goods with the EU

New rules are now in place

The UK has now left the single market and customs union and there are steps that your business needs to take to meet the new rules.

If you're confused by the new rules, we're here to help.

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The process for importing and exporting goods has changed and your business needs to be ready.

What you need to do

From 1 October 2021, if you're importing goods into the UK you'll need to:

Guidance for exporting certain products

For more information about how the new rules affect how certain goods are exported to the EU, read our guidance documents below:

If you need more personalised advice for your business, get in touch with Trading Standards.

If you don't follow the new rules

  • your goods may be refused entry
  • you will be responsible for paying the costs of examination
  • you will need to pay for storage
  • you will need to pay to rectify the problems
  • and the issues cannot be rectified, you will need to pay for the goods to be destroyed.

More business advice

For more advice relating to the new rules visit one of the following websites:

This document also explains the phased approach to the new requirements for trading with the EU (PDF, 171.6 KB).

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