Get ready for Brexit
02 October 2019
The UK will leave the EU on 31 October 2019.
Answer a few questions to find out how you or your business should prepare.
If you are a UK business that imports and/or exports, you will need to act now to prepare for the changes that will affect your trading with Europe and the rest of the world.
Businesses are taking action and by following some simple steps, you can better prepare your business for Brexit.
You should check the latest guidance and steps to:
- Receive goods from the EU
- Export or transport goods from the UK to the EU
- Provide services to the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstei
- Further information and key actions for UK businesses in a no-deal Brexit:
- Check the status of the trade continuity agreements the UK has with non-EU countries to help you understand how trading may change and enable you to take appropriate action.
- You must register for an Open General Export Licence (OGEL) if you export dual-use (civilian and military) items to EU countries and the Channel Islands.
Further information and key actions for UK importers of goods in a no-deal Brexit:
- You may need to pay different rates of customs duty (tariffs) on imports. These temporary rates would only be in place for up to 12 months.
- See what preferential trade arrangements are in place under the Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) to reduce or remove tariffs on your imports from certain developing countries.
The Government is holding events to help your business get ready for Brexit. Sign up to:
- Brexit Business Readiness Events to help businesses prepare for Brexit.
- DIT tailored Brexit Preparedness Workshops for businesses that export.
- DIT Webinars on 8 October for exporters of goods and services.
- HMRC Webinars for businesses involved in the movement of goods between the EU and the UK.
Keep up-to-date on Brexit and get tailored guidance:
- Sign up for alerts (regular Brexit updates) on subjects including the Article 50 process, trade negotiations, and announcements about changes to trading.
- Get detailed information and tailored guidance on Brexit by answering a few questions at gov.uk/brexit.
If you can’t find the answers to your questions contact the imports and exports helpline.