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Candy Carriers - Brexit Information

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The United Kingdom left the European Union on 31 January 2020, an 11-month transition period commences during which we hope that both the United Kingdom and the European Union succeed in negotiating a comprehensive trade agreement, as described in the political declaration. The United Kingdom remains in the single market and customs union until then.

When this transition period ends on 31st December 2020, the existing EU trade rules will no longer apply to Great Britain and new trade rules including customs formalities will be introduced.

In the unlikely event of a no deal Brexit, the UK will become a third country with respect to imports into the EU.

Whilst Brexit remains a challenging process, we continue to work closely with our clients in supporting their cross-border trades post Brexit.

During the following months of transition, the negotiations between the UK and the EU will continue, but a worst case scenario for businesses is still a no deal Brexit. This would result in the UK becoming a third country with respect to its trade with the EU. Such countries have no trade agreement with the EU and their merchandise trade becomes subject to customs procedures and to a tariff schedule defined under the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Also, the EU VAT scheme will no longer be valid after a no deal Brexit. This means that VAT has to be paid in the UK when exporting from the EU. VAT will be levied together with any customs duties and a customs clearance process will be necessary also if only VAT is due.

In case of a no deal Brexit, companies exporting from the EU to the UK (and vice versa), will need to have an EORI number (Economic Operators' Registration and Identification number) You currently only need an EORI number when trading with countries outside the EU, as its required to release goods from Customs. Post-Brexit you will need this to trade with the UK too. In addition, UK-issued EORI numbers will not be accepted by EU countries post-Brexit, so you will need to register for EU issued EORI number if you want to seamlessly continue trading between the EU and UK. If you currently have an EORI number issued by a different EU Member State than UK, you’ll need to obtain a UK EORI number for post-Brexit UK imports and exports.

From 31 Dec 2020 it is expected the UK-EU trading relationship will change. In preparation, your business needs to be clear about some key documents needed when trading internationally (e.g. commercial invoice), and some of the data you need to complete customs declarations (e.g. value of the goods, HS codes).

The above is for informational purposes only. We recommend that you take legal advice or visit the following helpful links –


UK EORI Number Information
HMRC Advice For Classifying Goods
EU Product Classification Of Goods
UK Business Informatin For Leaving the EU
EU Customs Procedures