Food and Drink EU Transition Newsletter

13 November 2020


Food and Drink EU Transition Newsletter

With fewer than 50 days to go to the end of the Transition Period, we will be sharing with you some of the key information about what you need to do now to help you 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 guidance. 

Business readiness survey

Can you spare five minutes to answer eight questions about where your business is at in terms of preparedness for the end of the Transition Period and your future plans?

Click here to take the survey. 

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 

If you move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, you can sign up to use the free Trader Support Service (TSS)

Do you hire staff from outside the UK? Click here to find out about new rules and arrangements from January 1 2021

Click here to read about the rules and logos for the UK’s new independent Geographical Indications (GI) schemes, granting special status to popular and traditional products

Further information on future trading with the EU is available here  

Supporting you

Visit the dedicated web page ‘Preparing your food and drink business for 1 January 2021’ on Gov.UK, where you can find all the latest transition information in one place.

Visit the agri-food sector specific EU Exit hub. The Food and Drink Federation together with 50 other trade bodies are involved with the site, which provides information on what will change from January 1 2021.

DEFRA trader readiness webinars are now available to watch online:

BEIS have also produced webinars for the consumer goods and retail sectors, you can watch them here

In this time of increased 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’.

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