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Brexit step-by-step guide

Find out how to prepare your business for Brexit by reading our comprehensive guide on topics such as people, trade and regulation


People

Read the steps to take regarding Brexit implications for your workforce.

Step 1: Determine how many EU citizens you directly employ in the UK and when they first came here.

Step 2: Revisit your right to work checks, and ensure that they are still current.

Step 3: Assess how many of your UK employees are based in the EU.

Step 4: Find out how long they have resided in the EU for.

Step 5: Determine how many of your employees travel into the EU for temporary periods of time to work. Page 19 of our 'Navigating Brexit' report has more detail about this.


Regulation

Read the steps to take regarding Brexit regulation changes.

Step 1: Map out your reliance on EU regulation, for your own business, your suppliers and your customers. You can read more on Page 3 of our Brexit Regulation Report.

Step 2: Look at your commercial and trading relationships and see whether they require you to have a presence in the EU.

Step 3: Find out if you manufacture products which are required to conform to EU standards or are linked to compliance with EU regulation. 

Step 4: Review your contracts and look for terms that allow a contracting party the option to terminate after Brexit – for example on the basis of a material change or force merger.


Trade

Read the steps to take regarding Tariffs, Rules of Origin, and Customs.

Customs

Step 1: Become familiar with import and export declaration. You can find more information on Page 3 of our 'Life after Brexit' report.

Step 2: Consider if your goods will be subject to physical customs inspections at the border. Page 5 of our 'Life after Brexit' report has more detail about this.

Step 3: Identify certificate of origin requirements for your goods. More detail about this can be found on Page 2 of our 'Life after Brexit' report.

Step 4: Consider whether you are likely to face time delays at ports or border crossings. Page 3 of our 'UK Trade with the EU' report has more information.

Step 5: Raise your awareness of Authorised Economic Operator Status and assess whether it’s right for your company. Read Page 6 of our 'Life after Brexit' report for more.

 

Rules of origin

Step 1: Assess the percentage of your component parts/inputs of the product you manufacture – what came from EU or the rest of the world. Read more about this on Page 2 of our Rules of Origin report.

Step 2: Look at whether the manufacturing process ‘substantially transforms’ the inputs you are using into a completely new product. There is more information about this on Page 3 of our Rules of Origin report.

Step 3: Compare HS tariff codes assigned to the component parts and the final product. The World Trade Organisation tariff database has more detail.

Step 4: Assess the percentage of value added that occurs in your manufacturing process. Our Rules of Origin report has further information about this.


Tariffs

Step 1: Establish your imports and/or exports from the EU. Our Brexit Trade Tool can help you do this.

Step 2: Identify the international HS tariff codes your goods are classified under. 


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