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Exporting post transition

The transition period following the departure of the UK from the EU is due to end on 31st December 2020. This means that from 1st January 2021 there will be changes in the procedures to export goods form the UK to the EU.

What will be different?
The UK will no longer be part of the single market, if a deal is not agreed in time UK exporting will be under the rules of the World Trade Organisation. Additional paperwork will be required to export goods.

What will we need to do to export from January 2021?

·         All businesses exporting goods outside of the UK will need to complete a customs declaration. You can do this yourself or via an agent. If you are going to do this yourself, you may need specialised software and you will have to register for the National Export System. Further guidance.

·         Certain types of goods (such as rough diamonds) will require licenses or certificates. Further guidance.

·         You will need and EORI number starting with GB. Further guidance.

·         Zero rated VAT can be applied to most goods being exported outside of the UK. Further guidance

·         Your buyer must be able to make the necessary import customs declarations and obtain licenses or certificates if required. 

·         You must find the right commodity code to classify the goods that you’re exporting.

It is highly likely that tariffs will be applicable when exporting from the UK to the EU from 1st January 2021. You can check what tariff you might have to pay when exporting to the EU (the database doesn’t include the UK at the moment but you can use the USA or Australia as an example).

Export customs procedure codes

 Useful resources:

Find customs agents and fast parcel operators who can help to submit customs declarations.

Customs Grant Scheme: companies completing their own customs declarations may be eligible for funding for recruitment, employee training and IT in preparation for additional customs declarations.

Exporting rough diamonds, special rules.


Videos about trading with the EU: A video series published to explain what businesses need to do to be ready for 1 January 2021.


Webinars for organisations that trade with the EU

British Chambers of Commerce are running a series of virtual events/webinars, many are free to attend, to assist businesses exporting post transition. 
Find your local Chamber of Commerce to see what support is available to you.