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UK Transition

The transition period has ended and new rules are here. Act now to keep your business moving.

The transition period has ended and the UK has left the EU customs union and single market and now enjoys a zero tariffs, zero quotas relationship with the EU as an independent trading nation.

Following the signing of the UK – EU Free Trade Agreement, there are new rules for businesses which came into force on 1 January 2021 which require immediate action.

Your business needs to act now to comply with these new rules. If you do not take action, there is a risk your business operations will be interrupted.

These documents cover actions that businesses must take to ensure they are compliant with the new rules which have come into force. Part A provides an overview of key actions for businesses as well as supporting guidance, helpline numbers and FAQs. Part B lists the top five actions for businesses in each of the following sectors: Aerospace, automotive, chemicals, construction, consumer goods, electronics and machinery, life sciences, metals and materials, professional business services and retail.

You should visit where you can use the checker tool to quickly identify the actions that your business needs to take. The checker tool will ask you questions about your business and provide all the information you need to be aware of such as new rules on:

You can help prepare your businesses for the new rules by using a number of support mechanisms provided by the Government:

  • Sign up to receive updates on the specific actions you need to take once you’ve used the checker tool at uk/transition
  • Sign up to receive the regular Business Readiness Transition Bulletin – an email newsletter providing information on major announcements and recently published guidance
  • BEIS Webinars across a range of topics will be available on in January 2021. They will provide specific advice on how businesses can ensure they comply with the new rules.

We understand that this is a challenging time and encourage you to take action to avoid interruption to your business operations.

Information will also be provided in the South East Local Enterprise Partnership newsletter.

SME Toolkit

Below you can download a toolkit aimed at SMEs to help identify the decisions and actions they need to make to continue trading with the EU and the EFTA. This document provides an overview of actions to take, outlines support, helplines and resources that may be useful for SMEs, as well as signposting to more detailed guidance on Government websites.

There is also a short explainer document which has been produced to help businesses understand the new rules that are in place for business travel to Europe for work. This explainer document contains more information on entry requirements, luggage, earnings, qualifications, and insurance pertaining to business travel.

Download the SME Toolkit

Keep Your Business Moving

New video explainers on doing business with Europe

The UK has agreed a deal with the EU and rules for doing business have changed. Businesses must act now to ensure they are prepared.  To support firms, the Business Department has launched a series of new, on demand videos to help businesses familiarise themselves with the new rules and the actions they should take. Businesses can find out more about 18 topics, including importing and exporting, trade, data, and audit and accounting.

New rules are here – make sure your business is prepared.

Video explainers:

  • Businesses and Trade Agreements
  • Businesses Engaged in Emissions Trading
  • Businesses Hiring Overseas Staff
  • Businesses Involved in the Horizon 2020 Funding Service
  • Businesses Involved with Data
  • Businesses Operating Online
  • Businesses Preparing and Auditing Financial Accounts
  • Businesses who Import and Export
  • Businesses Providing Services to EU Markets
  • Businesses Shipping Waste between GB and EU
  • Businesses Working with Intellectual Property
  • Chemical Regulations
  • Moving Goods into, out of, or through Northern Ireland
  • Placing and Selling Goods on the Market
  • REACH Chemical Regulations
  • Recognition of Professional Qualifications
  • Rules of Origin
  • Trade Tariffs

Register now to immediately access the video content


  • 18/3/21 | 9.30am | 1 day
  • Organiser: Essex Chambers of Commerce
  • Event:UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement Explained
  • Cost: £150/£175 + VAT
  • Sign up

  • 18/5/21 | 9.30am | 1 day
  • Organiser: Essex Chambers of Commerce
  • Event: Virtual Customs Special Procedures focusing on Inward Processing (IP) and Outward Processing (OP) Training
  • Cost: £340/£390 + VAT
  • Sign up

  • 15/6/21 | 9.30am | 1 day
  • Organiser: Essex Chambers of Commerce
  • Event: Virtual Export Licence Controls Training
  • Cost: £150/£175 + VAT
  • Sign up
  • 27/4/21 | 9.30am | 1 day
  • Organiser: Essex Chambers of Commerce
  • Event: Virtual Import Customs Compliance and Savings Training
  • Cost: £340/£390 + VAT
  • Sign up

  • 14 dates between Dec 20 – March 21
  • Organiser: Barclays
  • Event: Continuing to Trade with the EU
  • Cost: TBC
  • Sign up

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