Matt Griffith, Director of Policy at Business West, together with an experienced international trade team, will help to provide you with answers to the questions you may have about Brexit.
For instance, you may want to know what new documentation may apply to your business, how to ensure your products aren’t delayed at ports post Brexit or how to conduct a risk assessment.
See latest FAQs below
What do I need to consider for exporting after Brexit?
- Make sure you have an EORI number.
- Check any extra certification or licenses.
- Understand VAT rules for GB exporter and EU importer.
- Comply with regulations in areas such as food labelling, CE marking and REACH regulations.
- If you use a Notified Body for certification, make sure that it will still be valid in the EU.
- Decide on whether you will make customs declarations yourself or use an intermediary.
- Check if any Customs Special Procedures apply and consider Transit Procedures.
- Check EU external Tariffs on your product in the event of no deal.
- Communicate with EU buyers and freight forwarders.
- Ensure that your EU importers have all the necessary information.
- Consider impacts on rest of the world trade, such as Free Trade Agreements and Rules of Origin.
What do I need to consider for importing after Brexit?
- Make sure you have an EORI number.
- Check any additional certification or licenses e.g. livestock, food, chemicals or alcohol.
- Understand VAT requirements and obligations.
- Decide if you will defer import declarations (only for standard goods).
- Decide if you will use a customs intermediary or make your own declarations.
- Find out if any Customs Special Procedures apply to your imports.
- Check UK tariffs in case of a no deal.
- Consider duty deferment options (can be paid up to six months later).
Will my CE certification still be valid after Brexit?
- Products exported to the EU will still need to conform to EU regulations and have EU certification. Certification processes differ greatly, with some goods requiring self-certification, and other goods requiring Notified Bodies to inspect the product.
- Certification given by a UK Notified Body will no longer be valid in the EU after the transition. However, most UK Notified Bodies have set up European subsidiaries to ensure continuity.
- If you intend to sell into the EU, check with your Notified Body and find out whether they can offer this service.
- The UK government has committed to setting up its own certification marking, called ‘UKCA’. UKCA marking will likely not be necessary from the 1st of January 2021, with a grace period offered instead. However, confirming to two sets of certification will likely become a necessity if you wish to sell into the UK and EU markets.
Will I be able to employ EU nationals after Brexit?
- All EU nationals living in the UK prior to 2021 will have the option to stay in the UK. If they have been in the UK for more than 5 years, they will receive permanent residency. If they have been in the UK for less than 5 years, they will have temporary residency until they have reached their 5 years, after which time they can apply for permanent residency.
- After Brexit, the government’s current plans are to have the same visa criteria for both EU and non-EU migrants. This will assign points to applicants based on job offer, salary and qualifications.
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