Support for export and customs documentation 

When the transition period ends after 31 December 2020, the process for importing and exporting goods from the EU will change. Read the latest guidance to find out how your business is likely to be affected, actions you should take now to prepare for these changes and new rules coming into effect from 1 January 2021. 

Prepare to import goods from the EU to Great Britain from 1 January 2021

Prepare to export goods from Great Britain to the EU from 1 January 2021

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

Northern Ireland Protocol

What do businesses need to know? 

There will be changes to the way goods move between Great Britain and Northern Ireland when the Northern Ireland Protocol comes into effect on 1 January 2021. The Customs Declaration Service will be used for declarations on the movements of goods to or from Northern Ireland, including goods from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. 

  • The Protocol includes some new administrative processes for traders. Notably, traders will need to adhere to new digital import declaration requirements, and digital safety and security information, for goods entering Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK. 
  • Negotiations with the EU are still ongoing and full guidance will be provided by the end of the transition period. 
  • The UK Government has established a new, free service, the Trader Support Service (TSS) which will provide an end-to-end service guiding traders through all import processes. Traders can also use the TSS to complete digital declarations at no additional cost. 

What does my business need to do? 

  • Make sure you have an EORI number starting with GB. 
  • You can sign up for the free Trader Support Service to guide you through any changes to the way goods move between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, as well as how you bring goods into Northern Ireland from outside the UK. The service can also complete declarations on your behalf.

Further information guidance 

Prepare your business for Brexit 

Brexit Checklist

Brexit Transition Toolkit 

What does the EU transition period (Brexit) mean for my business?