UK transition
UK transition

The UK has left the EU and a new trade deal has been agreed. If you’re  based in the Peterborough area and have concerns about how the transition period will impact your business, please get in touch with Opportunity Peterborough. We will ensure your organisation gets the support it needs.

Resources and actions for your business:

Specialist local support

Brexit4Business is a dedicated resource for businesses within the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area, including Huntingdonshire and Fenland. This team of experts is running regular workshops on EU Settlement and import and export, and are also available for one-to-one advice and guidance.  For more information, visit: https://www.brexit4business.co.uk/

You can also contact the Institute for Export, based in Peterborough, for additional support on import and export.

Upcoming EU exit webinars

HMRC webinars

  • Exporting: Actions you need to take now

https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/307162178772281358?source=December-HMRC-GOV

The webinar explains what actions you need to take to export goods from Great Britain to the EU and move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. We’ll provide a run-through of the key export processes – staged border controls, zero-rated VAT, customs declaration, using an intermediary as well as licences, certificates and authorisations that you’ll need.

Dates: 18 January – 3:45-4:45, 20 January – 1:45-2:45, 22 January – 11:45-12:45

  • Importing: What you need to know about Staged Controls

https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/2867929158198948108?source=December-HMRC-GOV

The webinar explains what actions you need to take to export goods from Great Britain to the EU and move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. We’ll provide a run-through of the key export processes – staged border controls, zero-rated VAT, customs declaration, using an intermediary as well as licences, certificates and authorisations that you’ll need.

Dates: 18 January – 1:45-2:45, 21 January – 11:45-12:45

  • What are customs import declarations?

https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/3183722091041218574?source=November-HMRC-DCS-Trans-VAT-1

This webinar explains how to make import declarations to import goods between the EU and Great Britain, including simplified and supplementary declarations, as well as the key terminology and new processes.

Dates: 15 January – 1:45-2:45, 20 January – 11:45-12:45, 22 January – 1:45-2:45

  • Trader responsibilities when using an intermediary

https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/2838025740477276171?source=December-HMRC-GOV

This webinar explains your responsibilities as a trader if you choose to use an intermediary from 1 January 2021

Dates: 19 January – 11:45-12:45, 21 January – 1:45-2:45

Government guidance

 

Trade with non-EU Countries

After 31 December 2020, EU trade agreements will not apply to the UK. This is the case regardless of the agreement with the EU. The UK has signed trade agreements with various countries and trading blocs.

For more information on signed trade agreements and trade agreements still in discussion, click here.

Importing and Exporting

NEW: Rules of Origin: Check your goods comply to trade tariff-free with the EU: With a trade deal in place, UK businesses can trade tariff-free with the EU from 1 January if their products meet agreed Rules of Origin. UK traders need to check if their products comply and how to prove they originate. For more information, click here.

NEW: Changes to approved exporter authorisations from 1 January 2021: Guidance has been issued about approved exporter authorisations which are issued in the UK no longer being valid in EU countries from 1 January 2021. For more information, click here.

NEW: Declaring reusable packaging for Great Britain imports and exports from 1 January 2021: From 1 January 2021, reusable packaging will require an import or export declaration. You may be able to make a declaration at the border (known as a ‘declaration by conduct’) instead and provide information to HMRC on a quarterly basis. For more information, click here.

UPDATED: VAT and overseas goods sold directly and online to customers in the UK from 1 January 2021: Guidance on how sellers will deal with VAT for goods from overseas that they sell to customers in the UK from 1 January 2021 has been updated to include information about selling goods to Northern Ireland. For more information about selling goods directly to customers click here. For more information about selling goods in the UK using online market places, click here.

UPDATED: Check what declarations need to be made for goods you send from the UK or bring or receive into the UK from 1 January 2021: From 1 January 2021, if you are a UK-based business sending goods from Great Britain or Northern Ireland or if you’re a UK-based business bringing or receiving goods into Great Britain or Northern Ireland check what declarations may need to be made. For more information about goods you send, click here. For more information about goods you bring or receive into GB or NI, click here.

UPDATED: Check when you can account for import VAT on your VAT return from 1 January 2021: Guidance has been updated with information added about accounting for VAT if you do not know the full customs value of goods and using someone to import goods on your behalf. For more information, click here.

UPDATED: Carry out international road haulage from 1 January 2021: Guidance has been updated to include information about the journeys you can make in the EU, including cross-trade and cabotage jobs, what you’ll need ECMT permits for, and vehicle insurance green cards. For more information, click here.

UPDATED: EU business: Taxes, tariffs and importing from the UK: Guidance has been updated to show that from January 1 2021, the EU and UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement establishes zero tariffs or quotas on trade between the UK and the EU, where goods meet the relevant rules of origin. For more information on taxes and tariffs click here. For more information for EU businesses importing from the UK, click here.

UPDATED: List of customs agents and fast parcel operators: For more information, click here.

Moving Goods

NEW: Claiming preferential rates of duty between the UK and EU from 1 January 2021: Guidance has been added explaining how to claim preferential rates of duty on goods covered in the UK’s deal with the EU and how to declare goods imported into the UK on your import declaration. For more information, click here.

UPDATED: Goods Vehicle Movement service: If you are a haulier that moves goods through one or more ports that uses the Goods Vehicle Movement Service, you should apply to use Goods Vehicle Movement Service. To register for the Goods Vehicle Movement Service click  here. To get a goods movement reference using the service, click here. To check that a goods movement reference is valid and if goods can be moved, click here.

UPDATED: How to use your ATA Carnet: Guidance about how the ATA Carnet works, what to do at customs, and what happens if your goods are lost, destroyed, or stolen, has been updated in respect of UK Transition. For more information, click here.

UPDATED: ECMT international road haulage permits: Guidance has been updated to explain why you need ECMT permits in 2021, and how to buy short-term (30-day) permits to use in January and February 2021 if you want to make a third cross-trade movement. For more information, click here.

UPDATED: Export or move horses and ponies to the EU and Northern Ireland from 1 January 2021: Updated guidance on the documents required to move equines from GB to NI and the journey logs needed to transport unregistered equines from or through GB to the EU. For more information, click here.

Northern Ireland


NEW: Claiming a waiver for duty on goods that you bring to Northern Ireland from Great Britain: Guidance has been issued so that you can find out how to claim a waiver if you are bringing goods into Northern Ireland from Great Britain which might otherwise incur ‘at risk’ tariffs. For more information, click here.

NEW: Starting and ending transit movements in Northern Ireland using common and Union transit: Guidance to assist you in finding out what you need to do if you start and end transit movements in Northern Ireland using common and Union transit has been published. For more information, click here.

NEW: DEFRA update on GB-NI authorised trader self-identification: DEFRA are working to compile a list of businesses that can take advantage of the authorised GB-NI trader 3 month grace period.  The grace period will only cover certain goods: products of animal origin (POAO), composite products, food and feed not of animal origin, and plants and plant products. For more information, including how to assess if your business can be added to the list, click here.

NEW: Using CHIEF for declaring goods into or out of Northern Ireland: From 1 January 2021, find out when you will still be able to use CHIEF (for a limited period of time) for declaring goods into or out of Northern Ireland. For more information, click here.

UPDATED: Moving qualifying goods from Northern Ireland to the rest of the UK from 1 January 2021: Guidance has been updated with information added about goods for which specific conditions apply when moved from NI to GB, and placing qualifying goods on the market in GB. For more information, click here.

UPDATED: Apply for authorisation for the UK Trader Scheme if you bring goods into Northern Ireland from 1 January 2021: Guidance has been updated with Information about if you supply goods to a business in Northern Ireland but do not have a fixed address in Northern Ireland. For more information, click here.

UPDATED: Supplying authorised medicines to Northern Ireland from 1 January 2021: Guidance has been updated with information which provides assurance that licensing requirements for medicines containing controlled drugs from 1 January 2021 will not be changing. For more information, click here.

Marketing Goods

UPDATED: Product safety and metrology: Guidance has been updated with new guides for Great Britain and Northern Ireland added on Regulation 765/2008 on Accreditation and Market Surveillance. For more information on Great Britain guidance, click here. For more information on Northern Ireland guidance, click here.

Guidance has also been updated to include a guide on ‘UK product safety and metrology: What’s changed from 2 January 2021 in relation to Great Britain?’. For more information, click here.

UPDATED: Placing manufactured goods on the EU market from 1 January 2021: Guidance has been updated to note that the UK conformity assessment bodies will no longer be able to carry out mandatory conformity assessment for products being placed on the EU market. For more information, click here.

Personal Data

UPDATED: Using personal data in your business or other organisation from 1 January 2021: Guidance has been added to include information on the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement interim bridging mechanism for personal data. For more information, click here.

Business Services

NEW: Complying with Provision of Services Regulations for businesses and Competent Authorities from 1 January 2021: Guidance has been published for service providers and Competent Authorities explaining how the Provision of Services Regulations will operate from 1 January 2021. For more information, click here.

UPDATED: Providing services and travelling for business from 1 January 2021: Guidance has been updated to reflect the changes created by the UK and EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement for the following countries: NorwayBulgariaLatviaBelgiumItalyThe NetherlandsIrelandMaltaSwitzerlandIcelandAustriaHungaryGreeceGermanySloveniaRomaniaDenmarkLuxembourgFranceFinlandEstoniaSwedenSpainSlovakiaCzech RepublicPortugal CyprusPolandCroatiaLithuania and Liechtenstein.

Professional Qualifications

NEW: Recognition of professional qualifications: Technical guidance for regulatory bodies from 1 January 2021: Guidance has been issued for regulatory bodies explaining how the recognition of professional qualifications operates. For more information, click here

Designated Standards

UPDATED: Information for businesses about designated standards from 1 January 2021: Guidance has been updated to include links for air conditioners and comfort fans, circulators, dishwashers, domestic ovens and range hoods, electric motors, power supplies, radio equipment, standby and off mode, transformers, tumble dryers and vacuum cleaners. For more information, click here.

Sector Specific Guidance

Life Sciences

NEW: Exceptions and modifications to the EU guidance on good pharmacovigilance practices that will apply to UK MAHs and the MHRA from 1 January 2021: Guidance has been published clarifying the expectations on the application of the EU guidance on good pharmacovigilance practices (GVP) from 1 January 2021. For more information, click here.

UPDATED: Registering to make submissions to the MHRA from 1 January 2021: Guidance on submissions related to human medicines needing to be submitted directly to the HMRA from 1 January 2021 has been updated with more information. For more information, click here.

Legal Services

Guidance has been updated following the UK-EU trade and cooperation agreement.

NEW: Guidance for Legal Services Business owners: For more information applicable to legal services business owners from 1 January 2021, click here.

NEW: UK lawyers practising in the EU, EEA-EFTA and Switzerland from 1 January 2021: For more information, click here.

Audit and Accounting

UPDATED: Accounting for UK companies from 1 January 2021: Guidance has been updated following the Free Trade Agreement with the EU. If you list on an EEA regulated market, you will need to check the reporting requirements in the relevant jurisdiction. For more information, click here.

UPDATED: Auditing for UK auditors and audit firms operating in the EEA from 1 January 2021: Guidance has been updated to include the Free Trade Agreement with the EU. For more information, click here.

UPDATED: Auditing for EEA auditors and audit firms operating in the UK from 1 January 2021: Guidance for what EEA audit firms, EEA auditors, and those with EEA qualifications need to do from 1 January 2021 has been issued. For more information, click here.

Gas and Electricity

UPDATED: Trading gas with the EU from 1 January 2021: Guidance updated to reflect the Free Trade Agreement with the EU. For more information, click here.

UPDATED: Trading electricity from 1 January 2021 The UK and the EU have agreed a framework for future electricity trading. The agreed model of trading will take time to develop and will not be in place for 1 January 2021. Previously developed and communicated alternative arrangements will need to be implemented in the interim. For more information, click here.

Food and Drink

NEW: DEFRA updates in agri-food and environmental matters: A round up of the latest news from DEFRA related to agri-food and environmental maters has been produced. To view this, click here.

UPDATED: Export or move live animals and animal products to the EU or Northern Ireland from 1 January 2021: Guidance has been updated to amend the sections on other export requirements and trade agreements to remove references to tariffs for exports to the EU. For more information, click here.

UPATED: Export or move fish to the EU or NI from 1 January 2021: Guidance has been updated about moving fish from NI to the EU and NI to GB. For more information, click here.

UPDATED: Importing and exporting wine from 1 January 2021 Guidance has been updated on how to comply with the rules from 1 January 2021 and information has been added on labelling wine imported from EU and non-EU countries. Details have also been updated on importing and exporting wine between the UK and EU and non-EU countries. For more information, click here.

UPDATED: Trading and labelling organic food from 1 January 2021 Guidance has been updated to include the EU recognising the UK for the purpose of exporting organic products to the EU until 31 December 2023. For more information, click here.

UPDATED: Protecting food and drink names from 1 January 2021 Guidance has been updated to include information about existing EU products registered under the EU GI schemes before 1 January 2021 being protected under the UK GI schemes. For more information, click here.

Nuclear

UPDATED: Nuclear Cooperation Agreements: implementation guidelines for operators from 2021: The UK and Euratom have agreed a Nuclear Cooperation Agreement. This joint BEIS / ONR guidance covers future reporting requirements for operators. For more information, click here.

UPDATED: Participating in EU nuclear research from 1 January 2021: Guidance has been updated to reflect that the UK has reached an agreement with the EU and Euratom to participate in the Euratom Research and Training programme, Fusion for Energy and the ITER project. For more information, click here.

Space

UPDATED: UK involvement in the EU Space Programme from 2021: Guidance has been updated to reflect that UK users now have until 25 June 2021 to participate in the EGNOS Safety of Life service. For more information, click here.