With a wealth of information available on EU Exit, we understand that it can be hard to know where to start. But taking some steps to prepare your business now, will pay dividends after October 31st.
Whether your business has close ties with the EU, or not, the below will guide you to the official resources you need to get ready for EU Exit.
How to prepare: import and export
To ensure your business is able to import and export without any disruption following EU Exit, there are a number of steps you can take.
- Get an EORI number
- Decide if you want to hire and import-export agent to support your business
- Read the guidance on simplified customs procedures for trading with the EU
How to prepare: moving goods between Ireland and Northern Ireland
If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, goods moving between Ireland and Northern Ireland will face different procedures compared to other UK-EU trade. This approach will apply until longer-term arrangements are made.
- Read the guidance on customs procedures for goods between Ireland and Northern Ireland
- Read the guidance on VAT for goods between Ireland and Northern Ireland
How to prepare: trade agreements
Trade agreements that the UK is part of as an EU member state will no longer apply if there’s a no-deal EU Exit. The UK government is working on new agreements to replace EU trade agreements after EU Exit.
How to prepare: import tariffs
If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the UK would implement a temporary tariff regime. This would apply for up to 12 months while a full consultation, and review on a permanent approach, is undertaken.
How to prepare: employing EU, EEA and Swiss citizens
You should continue to carry out the same right to work checks on all EU/EEA and Swiss citizens, by using their passport or national identity card, until January 2021.
You will not need to distinguish between EU/EEA and Swiss citizens who were resident in the UK before or after the UK leaves the EU.
- Use the EU Settlement Scheme guidance for employers to give further information to your employees
- Find out how to check an applicant’s right to work
- Read the guidance on employing EU, EEA, Swiss citizens after EU Exit
How to prepare: travel to the EU
If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, British passport holders travelling to the EU will need to have 6 months remaining validity on their passport, not including any extra months added to a 10-year passport if it was renewed early.
How to prepare: importing or using chemicals
If you use or import chemicals then you will need to check whether you have new obligations under UK REACH (the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals Regulation).
- Read the guidance on regulating chemicals if the UK leaves the EU without a deal
- Read the chemical regulations guidance from HSE
How to prepare: data protection
Your business will need to make sure it follows data protection law if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. If you operate across the EU or exchange personal data with organisations in the EEA, there may be changes that you need to make before the UK leaves the EU.