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Are you ready to trade in goods with the EU after 31 December 2020?

Businesses need to prepare for the future trading relationship in two months' time. The transition period is ending on 31 December and there will be no extension. If your business trades goods with the EU, the rules will change and there are actions to take now. Time is running out and getting ready can take longer than you think.

Regardless of whether a trade agreement with the EU is agreed, from 1 January new rules will apply for any trade with Europe.

You will need to:

  • make customs declarations for any goods moved between Great Britain and Europe;
  • pay the relevant tariffs on any goods moved between Great Britain and Europe;
  • and, follow new processes for moving any goods into Northern Ireland from Great Britain.
If you are a VAT registered trader, you will also receive a letter in the next few days from HMRC explaining what you need to do to prepare. You can find all recent HMRC letters to VAT registered traders on GOV.UK.

You are urged to:
  • decide how you are going to deal with customs declarations most companies use a specialist for this;
  • check to see whether you might be able to delay your declarations and duty payments; you may be eligible for this if your goods are not on the controlled goods list and you do not have a poor compliance record and;
  • register for the free Trader Support Service if you plan to move goods into Northern Ireland.
You can find out what other actions you may need to take by visiting and using the checker tool.

The Chamber Network remains on hand to offer support and guidance for businesses who trade with the EU. The British Chamber's Post-Transition Brexit checklist is a useful tool with examples of possible changes that your business might need to consider when planning at operational and Board levels. 

Doncaster Chamber is able to offer expert guidance from international trade professionals. The ChamberCustoms service is an advisory, training and brokerage service that helps supply chains moving efficiently. 

The Government will continue to provide sector-specific information and general support to walk you through the changes. All previously recorded webinars are available to watch on demand now. If you do not take action, there is a risk your business operations will be interrupted.


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