Preparing for Brexit: New government information released

6th November 2020

The UK Government has released some new information for traders and businesses, to help them prepare for the new processes required when importing or exporting between the UK and the EU.

We’re encouraging everyone to take any and all possible measures to ensure that they, their business and their staff are as prepared as possible for the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020.

A list of resources from the Government can be found below.

The RHA has also created our own Brexit Operator Checklist, which you can find here.

This checklist is designed to point towards the basic decisions that need to be taken before 1 January 2021.
The detailed processes for handling shipments under Pre-Declaration, Transit, ATA Carnet or TIR will be dealt in future checklists. New text in this version is highlighted in red.

HMRC’s letter to traders

HMRC have issued a new letter to VAT-registered businesses in Great Britain trading with the EU and/or the rest of the world, highlighting actions they need to take to continue trading with the EU from 1 January 2021.

You can read the full letter here.


Help and support if your business trades with the EU

The website currently hosts a series of videos that could help you to get ready for the end of the Brexit transition period.

The videos include:

Webinars for exporters of animals and products of animal origin to the EU

Webinars for businesses by sector

The customs clearance process

You can view the full list of available videos here.


How to import and export goods between GB and the EU from 1 January 2021

The website also provides some decision trees with information for traders on importing and exporting goods between Great Britain and the EU after 1 January 2021.

You can find these here.

Guides to Importing and Exporting 

Finally, the Government have also uploaded guides to both importing and exporting, which can be found below.

Step by step guide to importing.

Step by step guide to exporting.

Carry out international road haulage from 1 January 2021

The Department for Transport have also updated their website, and issued a new PDF document, Hauliers, New Rules are Coming