Food and Drink EU Transition Newsletter

15 January 2021


Food and Drink EU Transition Newsletter

The UK Government and the EU have agreed a deal on their future relationship. The way you do business with the EU has changed and there are a number of considerations for your business. You can find out more about those changes and the actions you need to take as a matter of urgency below.

Visit the dedicated web page ‘Food and drink businesses: working with the EU’ on GOV.UK, where you can find all the latest information in one place.

Rules of Origin for goods moving between the UK and EU

Rules of Origin (ROO) are the criteria used to determine where a product is produced (e.g. GB, EU).

If you import or export, you need to know about new regulations, as different tariff rates may apply, depending on the designation of your products.

The UK Government has published detailed guidance on the new requirements under the UK’s deal with the EU (the Trade and Cooperation Agreement).

Further information on claiming preferential rates of duty on goods covered in the deal, and on declaring goods imported into the UK on your import declaration can also be found on the GOV.UK website.

Cross-Border Trading (Ports)

Businesses based in Great Britain need to follow new rules for trading with the EU, including additional processes for moving goods through ports.

The latest information on moving goods through the ports of Holyhead, Fishguard, and Pembroke Dock can be found on the Preparing Wales website.

For trade between Great Britain and Ireland, find out more about creating a required pre-boarding notification (PBN) for hauliers and Irish Revenue's Customs Roll-On Roll-Off Service (RoRo Service).

The processes for moving goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland have also changed. To ensure business continuity specifically in this area, you should sign up for the UK Government’s Trader Support Service.

More guidance on cross-border trade with the EU can be found on the Business Wales website.

Prioritisation at Kent

As a contingency measure in the event of severe disruption in Kent, the UK Government has agreed that Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) carrying specific exports would be prioritised through Operation Brock queues in Kent.

HGVs carrying day-old chicks (DOCs) or single loads of live and/or fresh seafood for human consumption could bypass traffic restrictions between Junctions 8 and 9 on the M20, instead using the contraflow to progress towards the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel terminal.

Information on transporting fresh and live seafood or day-old chicks to the EU can be found on the GOV.UK website, and will be updated if Operation Brock is triggered.

Guidance on exporting UK livestock to the EU, exporting equines, and applying for Export Health Certificates is also available online. 

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

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 the new arrangements from January 1 2021.

DEFRA trader readiness webinars are now available to watch online:

Consider joining a Welsh Government Cluster Group

Keeping up to date

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