Food and Drink EU Transition Newsletter

08 December 2020


Food and Drink EU Transition Newsletter

With fewer than 30 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. 

Supporting you

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

Export Club: Trade after EU Exit - weekly online drop in surgery

Every Tuesday from 9.30 am the Export Club team will be available to discuss, share information and discuss issues on preparing your business for 1 January 2021. One to one sessions are also available. For more information click here

Watch Food and Drink Wales Industry Board member James Wright from Aber Falls distillery shares how the company is preparing for the end of the Transition Period

In this challenging time for the food and drink businesses, we’ve established a range of specialist and regional support helplines

We’ve developed a specialist self-assessment tool for food and drink businesses to help you think about your resilience and identify areas where you need support, access the pdf here  

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:

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.

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

Read our latest guidance on preparing for 1 January 2021 for commercial fishers, merchants, and exporters

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 EU? Find out about new rules and arrangements from January 1 2021 here

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  

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

Business readiness survey

Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond to the survey in our last newsletter. We appreciate you taking the time and the information you shared with us will feed into our future communications with the sector and enable us to signpost the most crucial information that you need.


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