The UK has now left the European Union (EU) single market and customs union. This means there may be actions your business needs to take.
Importing and exporting goods
From 2021 you need to follow new rules for importing and exporting. There are changes to processes and licensing.
You should get an Economic Operators Registration and Identification (EORI) number if you don't have one already. Businesses and people wishing to trade must use the EORI number when exchanging information with customs administrations.
For information, go to:
- GOV.UK: importing goods from the EU
- GOV.UK: exporting goods to the EU
- GOV.UK: moving goods to or from Northern Ireland
- GOV.UK: get an EORI number
- GOV.UK: get someone to deal with customs for you
- GOV.UK: guidance for hauliers and commercial drivers
- GOV.UK: the Border Operating Model
To watch new government webinars and pre-recorded webinars about the rules on trading with the EU from 1 January 2021, go to GOV.UK: webinars for organisations that trade with the EU.
Our advice on exporting from Thurrock includes specific guidance on obtaining export health certificates for food and animal products.
Information and advice centres for hauliers and lorry drivers
The government has opened several temporary information and advice sites for hauliers and lorry drivers. One of these is at Thurrock Motorway Services on the M25.
From 1 January 2021 until March 2021, they will provide 'border readiness' checks and other support for hauliers who are unsure what they need to do before going to ports.
Employing staff from the EU
From 2021, if you want to hire anyone from outside the UK you must be a Home Office licensed sponsor. This includes recruiting people from the EU. Anyone coming to the UK to work will need a job offer from a licensed sponsor in advance and must meet criteria for skills and salary.
Employees working between the UK and EU
If you travel to the EU for work purposes after 31 December 2020, you may need a visa or work permit. Go to GOV.UK: business travel – extra requirements.
Transferring data between the UK and EU
If you receive personal data from the EU for business use, you may need to take action on data protection. Go to GOV.UK: using personal data in your business or other organisation from 2021.
Providing services between the UK and EU
Check how professional qualifications obtained in the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland will be recognised in the UK from 1 January 2021. Go to GOV.UK: get your qualification recognised in the UK.
Further information and advice
You can get further information and advice from:
- British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) – how the UK will trade from January 2021
- National Federation of Self Employed and Small Businesses (FSB) – the UK transition
- Make UK, manufacturers' organisation – support for UK manufacturers as the UK leaves the EU
- Institute of Directors – navigating Brexit for business
To sign-up for emailed news updates, go to the government's Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: email updates service.
For more information, go to GOV.UK: Brexit transition.