EU Exit Transition Guidance

EU Exit Transition Guidance

There is now 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.

New rules will take effect on 1 January 2021.

You should prepare now and subscribe to email updates about any additional arrangements.

Click here  for the latest information and guidance.

The website has information and guidance on topics including:

Check how to get ready for new rules in 2021

Using personal data after January 2021

Accounting for UK companies from 1 January 2021

Selling services to the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein from 1 January 2021

Import Controls

The Government has confirmed plans to introduce import controls on EU goods at the border after the transition period ends on 31 December 2020. 

Business can prepare for border controls by making sure they have an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number, and also looking into how they want to make declarations such as using a customs agent.

Customs Support Funding

HMRC have extended the deadline for businesses to apply for customs support funding to 31 January 2021.

Apply for grants if your business completes customs declarations.

Food and Drink Businesses

There are no immediate changes that have come into effect from 31 January that you need to prepare for.
Smarter Rules for Safer Foods – changes for importers of animals and products of animal origin:
While you will continue to import as now during the transition period, you should also be aware that EU are making changes to the pre-notification system.

Register and be ready to use TRACES NT – the new EU pre-notification system – to pre-notify of relevant goods when the switchover happens. More information is available here.

Growth Hub Support

Cheshire and Warrington Growth Hub are offering businesses in Cheshire and Warrington a diagnostic to discuss what preparations and changes may be needed for the business. For information about this diagnostic please email