Food and Drink EU Transition Newsletter

02 Ocotber 2020


Food and Drink EU Transition Newsletter

Welcome to the first in a new series of EU Transition – Food and Drink Business Readiness newsletters.

In the coming weeks, we will be sharing with you some of the key information about what you need to do now to prepare your business for January 2021.

You are responsible for checking and acting on relevant information but we want to support you by signposting to sources of useful information and support. 

What can you do now to get ready to trade with the EU from 1 January 2021?

Get a GB EORI number

You will need an EORI number to complete customs declarations. You can register for free by going to

Decide how you’re going to make customs declarations

Customs agents, freight forwarders and express operators can help you with declarations and ensure you’re providing the necessary information. For more information, click here 

See if your imported goods are eligible for staged controls

Most traders with a good compliance record will be able to defer import declarations on most goods for up to 6 months after 1 January 2021. For more information, click here 

Supporting you

Register for a free DEFRA webinar here. From Thursday 15 October, DEFRA are launching a series of webinars on exporting live animals and products of animal origin. Topics include, the end to end exporting journey, Export Health Certificates (EHCs), and marketing standards / health ID marks / labelling.

In this time of increased volume and stress on the food supply chain, Food Innovation Wales has opened regional helplines.

Consider joining a Welsh Government Cluster Group.

Find out about food labelling.

Read more advice from HMRC on action you can take now to prepare your business. 

Keeping up to date

Subscribe to HMRC’s free email update service and select ‘Sign up to help and support emails from HMRC’.

Subscribe to Welsh Government’s Food and Drink Industry newsletter


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Quarterly newsletter for the Welsh food and drink industry from the Welsh Government's Food Division.  

News, events and matters relating to the industry in Wales.

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