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Prepare your food and drink business for a no-deal Brexit

The European Union (EU) has agreed to extend the Brexit deadline until 31 January 2020. A Brexit deal has been agreed in principle with the EU. Both the UK and the EU need to approve and sign the withdrawal agreement. If the withdrawal agreement is not signed by the UK and the EU, the UK could still leave with no deal.

We’ve compiled the latest Government guidance on how business owners should prepare themselves and their businesses for Brexit.

This guidance is subject to change at any time, so please bookmark this page and take a look at it regularly for updates. Don’t forget to sign up to our newsletter to receive regular Brexit updates straight to your inbox.

Below is what you need to do to prepare your food and drink business for a no-deal Brexit.


Food and organic produce labelling

The rules for what you must show on food labels will change for some food and drink products. The food labelling changes include:

  • country of origin labelling
  • food business operator (FBO) address labelling
  • use of the EU emblem
  • use of the EU health and identification marks
  • use of the EU organic logo
  • use of the geographical indication (GI) logo

Food labelling changes after Brexit

Plants and plant products

Plants and plant products (for example, certain vegetables, seeds and fruit) currently managed under the EU plant passport scheme will be subject to UK import controls.There is a new import process you must follow and new rules for exports.

Read the guidance on importing and exporting plants and plant products if there’s a no-deal Brexit and plant health controls.


Animal products and high risk feed
Importing and exporting

To continue importing and exporting products between the UK and EU you must get a UK Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number, decide if you want to hire an import-export agent, or make the declaration yourself and contact the organisation that moves your goods to find out what they need to make the declarations for your goods, or if you will need to make them yourself.
Read the guide to importing and exporting


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