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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 gov.uk/transition 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 gov.uk 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.

Events

  • 14/1/21 | 12.30pm | 1 day
  • Organiser: The Institute of Directors
  • Event: Brexit and its impact on UK business
  • Cost: Free
  • Sign up

  • 20/1/21 | 9.30am | 1 day
  • Organiser: Essex Chambers of Commerce
  • Event: Virtual Beyond Brexit Export Customs Declarations
  • Cost: £150/175 + VAT
  • Sign up

  • 26/1/21 | 9.30am | 1 day
  • Organiser: Essex Chambers of Commerce
  • Event: Virtual Export Procedures & Documentation Training
  • Cost: £340/£390 + VAT
  • Sign up

  • 3/2/21 | 9.30am | 1 day
  • Organiser: Essex Chambers of Commerce
  • Event: Virtual Beyond Brexit Import Customs Declarations
  • Cost: £150/£175 + VAT
  • Sign up

  • 23/2/21 | 9.30am | 1 day
  • Organiser: Essex Chambers of Commerce
  • Event: Virtual Export Licence Controls Training
  • Cost: £340/£390 + 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
  • 15/1/21 | 9am-6pm | 1 day
  • Organiser: University of Kent’s Kent Business School
  • Event: The Kent and Medway Business Summit – Relationship with the EU
  • Cost: Free
  • Sign up

  • 25/1/21 | 4pm | 2 days
  • Organiser: British Bulgarian Business Association
  • Event: British Bulgarian Business Association Tax and Regulatory Update
  • Cost: TBC
  • Sign up

  • 27/1/21 | 9.30am | 1 day
  • Organiser: Essex Chambers of Commerce
  • Event: Data Protection in the UK post transition – the UK GDPR!
  • Cost: £40/£65 + VAT
  • Sign up

  • 17/2/21 | 9.30am | 1 day
  • Organiser: Essex Chambers of Commerce
  • Event: Virtual Tariff Classification Masterclass
  • Cost: £340/£390 + VAT
  • Sign up

  • 15/4/21 | 9.30am | 1 day
  • Organiser: Essex Chambers of Commerce
  • Event: Virtual Rules of Origin – Preference & Non-Preference Training
  • Cost: £340/£390 + 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

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