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The UK has left the EU. There is now a transition period until the end of 2020. Find out the actions you can take now to prepare.

The transition period

The UK has left the EU. There is now a transition period until the end of 2020, while the UK and EU negotiate additional arrangements.

The current rules on trade, travel and business for the UK and EU will continue to apply during the transition period.

From 1 January 2021 you will need to make customs declarations to move goods into and out out of the EU. 

Actions that businesses can take now that do not depend on negotiations:

See gov.uk/transition for more information.

Sign up for email alerts about any additional arrangements

Checklists and additional information

The Government has published an online guide detailing information on import, export and customs for businesses. 

Check the current rules for importing goods for EU countries and the rules for importing good from anywhere outside the UK from 1 January 2021.

Use a transition checker to find out how to get ready for new rules in 2021 and subscribe to email updates about any additional arrangements that are negotiated. 

The trade with the UK tool provides businesses exporting goods into the UK market with detailed and up-to-date information on topics such as tariffs, taxes and rules.

The check how to export goods tool provides exporters of goods out of the UK market with information such as duties and customs procedures for over 160 markets around the world. 

Leaving without a deal

HMRC’s Online Customer Forum contains information and questions from other businesses that you may find helpful.

Visit the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) no deal preparations hub for further guidance and to understand the impact of no deal for businesses.

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has published a series of guides to help businesses understand Rules of Origin, Tariffs and Customs Declarations in the event of a no-deal. The guides provide an overview, with more detailed information the BCC website.

Export procedures and customs

Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, the Department for International Trade, and the Enterprise Europe Network identified what the issues might be and what steps they should take to prepare for change. Expert input came from Chamber International and logistics specialists Advanced Supply Chain Group.

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Contact the imports and exports helpline for information about importing and exporting goods after 2020. 

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has published a series of guides focused on practicalities and helping businesses to understand the actions they need to take in the event of a no deal. View guides below.

Getting paid and taxation

In December 2018 Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, the Department for International Trade, and the Enterprise Europe Network teamed up with NatWest bank and accountants from BDO LLP to identify the impacts on tax and pay.

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IT issues and e-commerce

With expert input came from IT specialists Freeman Clark and international business consultancy Bolst Global, the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, the Department for International Trade, and the Enterprise Europe Network have produced the following checklist to help with IT preparation.

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Employment and HR checklist

Expert input from the Labour and Employment team at law firm Squire Patton Boggs and a practical case study from Leeds-based Equifax Ltd helped to shape the following checklist.

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Contract issues

In October 2018 Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, the Department for International Trade, and the Enterprise Europe Network sought expert advice from the Competition team at law firm Walker Morris and the Enterprise Europe Network to help build this checklist.

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