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Make UK EU Checklist

The UK and the European Union (EU) have signed a Trade & Cooperation Agreement (TCA), bringing an end to the transition period. The relationship with the EU has changed and this will affect how companies conduct business with the EU, rest of the world and also within the UK.

As a business, there are steps you need to take now to manage the changes affecting your trading relationship with the EU and in conducting business within the UK.

We have created a checklist to help you, download here

Disclaimer: This Checklist is intended to provide information and guidance to help with managing the changes resulting from the UK-EU TCA. They do not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as such.

Government Guidance and Advice 

UK Government Checker


Top ten things to do now

HMG has published a one page explainer which outlines actions for businesses to take now that the Transition period has ended.

Keep your business moving videos: on demand video explainers on areas including exports, imports, tariffs, data and hiring.

Brexit: New rules are here

SME Brexit Support Fund 

A new £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund has been launched, offering support to help small businesses adjust to new customs procedures, rules of origin, and VAT rules when trading with the EU.

Eligibility: The SME Brexit Support Fund could give you up to £2,000 if your business has up to 500 employees, and no more than £100 million annual turnover.

SMEs who trade only with the EU, and are therefore new to importing and exporting processes, can apply for grants of up to £2,000, to pay for practical support including training and professional advice to ensure they can continue trading effectively with the EU.
For more information on the SME Brexit Support Fund, click here. To access full guidance on how you can use the grant, who can apply and how to apply, click here.

Business Travel Explainer 

The UK Government has published a new Business Travel Explainer for individuals travelling to the EU for work.
The document which can be accessed by clicking here, includes guidance covering entry requirements, luggage, earnings, qualifications and insurance. 

UK Government Webinars for businesses

A full list of webinars for businesses that trade with the EU can be accessed here

BEIS Toolkit for Businesses 

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published an updated toolkit which covers actions for businesses to take. 
The two-part toolkit, which can be accessed by clicking here (Part A) and here (Part B)

Inland Border Facilities (IBF) guidance 

HMRC have thoroughly reviewed all guidance pages related to Inland Border Facilities, including: making it clear what documentation is required at sites; which sites are available across the country; as well as encouragement to utilise alternative sites to Waterbrook. In addition, HMRC have included information on site specific guidance on the functions available at each site. Further information can be found here


UK Customs & International Trade Helpline - 0300 322 9434 – UK Wide 

UK Border Operating Model

The Border Operating Model more info here


Step by Step Guide - Import goods into the UK: step by step 
Video guide What you need to know to bring goods into the UK 
Process flows How to import goods from the EU into GB from January 2021


Step by Step Guide - Export goods from the UK: step by step 
Video guide - What you need to know to send goods out of the UK 
Process flows - How to export goods from GB into the EU from January 2021 

Rules of Origin

Claiming preferential rates of duty between the UK and EU 
Detailed Guidance - Rules of origin for goods moving between the UK and EU 


Contact the Department for International Trade (DIT) 
DIT Trade Tariff: look up commodity codes, duty and VAT rates here

Market Regulation

BEIS enquiry line - 020 7215 5000
Opening hours: Monday-Friday 9.00-17.00

Regulation of manufactured goods

Placing manufactured goods on the market in Great Britain 
Placing manufactured goods on the market in Northern Ireland 
Placing manufactured goods on the EU market 

Marking & Labelling

Marking, labelling and marketing standards for imports and exports here


HSE Guidance - Chemicals legislation