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Keep your business moving. Get ahead of new rules for doing business with the EU

Doing business with Europe has changed. You need to follow new rules on exports, imports, tariffs, data and hiring.

You should visit gov.uk/brexit to find out how new Brexit rules apply to things like travel and doing business with Europe.

Border control processes

Businesses moving goods from the EU to Great Britain (GB) need to prepare for import control changes which will take effect from 1 January 2022.

New requirements – Customs Declarations

From 1 January 2022 you must complete customs declarations on imports from the EU to GB at the time you or your courier/freight forwarder bring them into GB. This means you will no longer be able to delay making import customs declarations.

Since 1 January 2021, you have been able to delay import declarations for a maximum of 175 days from when the goods arrived in the country. From 1 January 2022, full declarations must be made at the time of importing and cannot be delayed.

Visit gov.uk/import-goods-into-uk and follow the step by step guide to make sure you’re prepared for new customs declaration rules. The guide provides information on how to bring goods into the UK from any country, including how much tax and duty you’ll need to pay and whether you need to get a licence or certificate.

Receiving further information

There are email alerts and newsletters you can sign up to regarding Brexit and the ongoing changes to doing business with the EU:

Essex Chambers of Commerce

Essex Chambers of Commerce has compiled resources for Essex businesses to help them navigate through the new regulations and requirements regarding Brexit.

Sussex Chamber of Commerce

Sussex Chamber of Commerce is providing post-Brexit support for Sussex businesses through a dedicated section on its website.

Export Support Service for UK Businesses

The Export Support Service is a new helpline and online service where all UK businesses can get answers to practical questions about exporting to Europe. It gives access to cross government information and support all in one place.

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UK Export Academy

The UK Export Academy gives businesses the know-how to sell to customers around the world by learning from experts in international trade. The UK Export Academy has been designed to accommodate different levels of exporting experience, whether your business is interested in staring to sell internationally or looking to grow your international sales further. The academy will help you to overcome common challenges that businesses face.

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