EU Exit: Exporting

To continue trading with the EU, you will need to follow new rules for importing and exporting, including changes to customs processes and licensing.

  • Get expert help – we recommend you get a contract in place as soon as you can with a customs intermediary like a freight forwarder or customs broker.

  • And if you’re preparing to move goods under the Northern Ireland Protocol, register for the free Trader Support Service.

  • The SME Brexit Support Fund could give you up to £2,000 to help with training or professional advice, if your business has up to 500 employees and no more than £100 million annual turnover. The fund is not open for applications yet and we will share further details when available.

Visit GOV.UK/transition to find out what you need to do.

Government Tools

Rules of Origin

What are Rules of Origin? 

Rules of Origin determine the economic nationality of a good under a Free Trade Agreement (FTA). Businesses need to know about them because the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) means they can trade with the EU without paying tariffs – but only if their product meets the relevant Rules of Origin. 

How do Rules of Origin impact my business? 

To export tariff-free into the EU, traders must check their goods meet the Rules of Origin requirements set out in the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement and have the right documentation. If your goods do not meet the Rules of Origin, they may face a tariff upon export to the EU. 

What action do I need to take? 

Watch the new on on demand video which summarise Rules of Origin processes for businesses.  

Then, if you are a UK exporter and your EU importer wants to claim zero tariffs on your goods, there are 3 key steps to work out whether your goods comply with rules of origin: 

1. Classify your good – every good has a commodity code and a list is available on 

2. Understand whether your good meets the applicable rule of origin from the TCA (Chapter 2 as well as Annexes ORIG-1 to ORIG-4 will be most useful). You can also use the export checker tool to find out what rule of origin applies to your exports. 

3. Understand how to demonstrate origin to the customs authorities. 

For help in working out whether your goods comply and how to demonstrate this to customs authorities, read the Rules of Origin Guidance on trading with the EU. 

You may choose to use a customs agent to help you with Rules of Origin and there is guidance available here on how to find one. 

To view the full short explainer document, click here.