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EU exit step-by-step guide

Find out how to prepare your business for EU Exit by reading our guides on people, trade and regulation.
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EU Exit and 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. For more information see our guidance here


EU Exit and changes in product regulation.

Step 1: Determine how EU regulation impacts your product design and manufacture. Assess for impacts on your business operations, across your supply chain and end customers. 

Step 2: Determine if you need business operations in the EU. 

Step 3: Determine if your products have a high dependency on EU product standards and/or compliance with EU regulation. 

Step 4: Review all business contracts and make necessary provisions against potential commercial actions from suppliers and customers. 




Customs and Taxation requirements and how they will affect you. E.g. Tariffs, Rules of Origin, and Customs.


Step 1: Become familiar with import and export declaration processes. 

Step 2: Consider if your goods will be subject to physical customs inspections at the border. 

Step 3: Identify certificate of origin requirements for your goods. 

Step 4: Consider whether you are likely to face time delays at ports or border crossings. 

Step 5: Raise your awareness of Quality Mark schemes for customs and security accreditation that simplify clearances at borders. 

Make UK Guidance on Customs – what manufacturers need to know 

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.

Step 2: Look at whether the manufacturing process ‘substantially transforms’ the inputs you are using into a completely new product.

Step 3: Compare HS tariff codes assigned to the component parts and the final product. 

Step 4: Assess the percentage of value added that occurs in your manufacturing process.


Step 1: Know the country origin of your imports and/or exports

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

Step 3: Calculate the cost of Tariff for your import/export liabilities


Non-EU Trade

Step 1: Know the country/ies of your imports and/or exports

Step 2: Identify if the country/ies has a preferential trade arrangement with the EU

Step 3: Know if the UK has agreed preferential trade terms with the country(ies)

Step 4: Assess any changes in Trade terms that will affect imports/exports (e.g. tariffs, product certification, product regulation & licencing)



No Deal

Make UK's emergency no deal checklist.