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End of Transition Period

A regularly updated library of useful resources and external links to support businesses:

  • Apply for a grant to help small- and medium-sized businesses new to importing or exporting here
  • The BCC coordinated a Letter from Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Michael Gove MP, to businesses moving goods between the UK and the EU and between GB and NI, to help them prepare for the new trading relationship with the European Union following the end of the transition period. The letter ties in with the Government's Check, Change, Go campaign and highlights practical steps businesses need to take to prepare for the coming changes.
  • All businesses can find out what has changed, and check their preparations, by visiting new video content from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The short, on-demand videos cover 18 topics, including importing and exporting, rules of origin and audit and accounting. Register now to immediately access the video content.

End of the Transition Period Checklist

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A checklist to help you consider the changes that the end of the transition period may bring to your business. View the checklist here.

Rules of Origin

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The UK’s newly negotiated trade deals with the EU only allow goods of UK origin to move tariff- and quota-free. Many UK exporters are finding that goods they thought they could export tariff and quota free do not meet the new origin rules. Read more here.

Brexit Survey Results

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Results from the first major business survey for 2021 by the British Chambers of Commerce on Brexit found that almost half (49%) of exporters are facing difficulties in adapting to the changes in the trade of goods, following the ratification of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) on 1 January 2021.

Read more here

Unanswered Questions

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An evaluation of the quality of official guidance for businesses to prepare for change. View our analysis here.

UK-EU Trade Deal Analysis

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Following the announcement of the UK-EU trade agreement, take a look at our analysis of the UK-EU Trade Deal here.

Free Trade Agreements

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A growing resource documenting Free Trade Agreements.


UK-Japan Free Trade Agreement: Virtual Spring Mission Launch

A three-month Spring mission series starting in March 2021, featuring a wide variety of events will be on offer; from webinars and business-to-business roundtables to Q&A sessions – with sector, regional and investment events all taking place.

You can check to see what is on offer here.

Moving goods from Great Britain to Northern Ireland

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The UK has left the EU and new rules now apply.

If your business moves goods from Great Britain to Northern Ireland it’s important you act now to comply with the new rules.

The five key actions to take are:

Find out more on Brexit Transition: Moving goods from Great Britain to Northern Ireland from the guidance from the UK government, highlighting action you can take now as well as additional guidance and support.