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A no deal Brexit means if you are trading or delivering a service with or to EU member states or countries that have trade agreements with the EU i.e. Turkey, South Korea, Canada, South Africa and more, you will have to take action NOW. To be able to export and import manufactured goods and components you will need to carefully assess your supply chain to ensure continuity. 

If you are delivering services or sending your employees for short business trips please review. 


Take these necessary steps to prepare for exporting and importing post Brexit.

  • Get an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number that starts with GB.
  • EU EORI number – You will need an EU EORI number if you have one or more contracts with an EU customer that makes you responsible for making the customs import declaration in order to get your finished goods/products into the EU and safely delivered to your customer.
  • Apply for Transitional Special Procedures status (TSP). If you are VAT-registered in the UK, HMRC will have written to you automatically enrolling you in TSP. You will need to keep this letter as proof of TSP status. If you are not VAT registered, you will need to apply online for TSP in order to be able to import into the UK. 
  • Establish the UK origin of the final good prior to export and obtain origin certification - more here.
  • Check whether your goods are prohibited or restricted in any way or whether any additional requirements are necessary. You can read a list of goods that you can’t bring into the UK. Some goods are restricted and you will need a special licence to bring them into the UK. 



UK Nationals in the EU

  • UK nationals will cease to be citizens of the EU and lose their free movement rights, unless they have another right to settlement in an EU member state or are a dual national – more here.
  • In the event of a no deal, settlement for UK nationals becomes a member state competence so each country will have their own system. UK nationals will need to comply with the specific rules of the individual member state where they reside.
  • The EU has provided detailed guidance on the separate settlement scheme available for UK nationals living in the EU – please click here.
  • UK nationals will also lose their right to onward movement within the EU which is also worth noting.

EU Nationals in the UK

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Each EU member state will have differing rules which UK businesses will need to comply with. These can cover the establishment of a new company, the recognition of professional qualifications, data protection and the requirement for an EU based representative.

UK based businesses will not automatically have a right to provide services in the EU single market.

Contact our Brexit hotline on 0808 168 584 or email us [email protected]

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