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Business Readiness Bulletin – The UK Transition

Issue 65: 29 December 2020    

The UK has left the EU, and the Brexit transition period comes to an end this year, in 3 days time. Take action now to get ready for new rules from 1 January 2021. This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for businesses. All information on the UK Transition can be found at www.gov.uk/transition

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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland – European Union Trade and Cooperation agreement

The United Kingdom and the European Union have agreed a Trade and Cooperation Agreement governing future trade relations from 1 January 2021, that will see no tariffs or quotas on the movement of goods produced between the UK and the EU. 

 

Further details and a summary explainer document are available here

The best place for businesses to get support and information about the changes is at GOV.UK/transition which includes a transition checker tool, so businesses can get a personalised list of actions. To access this, click here.

 

Goods movement spanning the end of the Transition Period

Guidance has been issued about the movement of goods which span the end of the Transition Period:

 

Value Added Tax EU Exit Transitional Provisions: Find out about the VAT treatment of transactions or movements of goods which span the end of the Transition Period. For more information, click here.

 

Ongoing customs movements and procedures at the end of the Transition Period:

Guidance on what to do if you are moving goods or have goods in customs procedures at the end of the Transition Period has been updated in respect of moving goods from GB to NI. This explains that if your goods have Union status and the goods movement started ahead of 11pm (GMT) 31st December 2020, you will not need to create or provide a Goods Movement Reference (GMR) for a period of 7 days after the 31st December. For more information, click here.

 

New and Updated Guidance

 

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.

 

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.

 

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