Brexit: What's next for retailers?

12 Jan 2021

The UK left the European Union as planned on December 31, 2021, following the agreement of a deal.

And while the Government provided a wealth of resources for businesses to prepare for the transition, we now must look at the next steps required.

Here, we signpost retailers to some of the most up-to-date advice on a variety of matters post-Brexit:

Movement of goods and materials: 

Step-by-step guide to importing from the EU here

Step-by-step guide to exporting to the EU here

Check your goods meet the rules of origin here 

Moving goods between the UK and Ireland: Those who move goods between the UK and Ireland need to complete a Pre-Boarding Notification (PBN) using the Irish Revenue’s system. A user guide is available from the Irish Government here.

Ongoing customs movements and procedures at the end of the transition period:  Guidance on, what to do if you had goods in customs procedures at the end of the transition period, has been updated, with information about moving goods from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. For information, click here.

Get a goods movement reference: Guidance on using this service to get a reference, after registering with the Goods Vehicle Movement Service, has been updated with new information on declaring goods orally or by conduct. For information, click here.

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Moving goods through the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel using common transit: Guidance on finding alternative offices or destination or departure, when moving goods under Common Transit Convention has been updated, with a changed address for Sevington inland border facility for satellite navigation purposes. For details, click here.

Return your rejected exports from the EU: Guidance on the rules you must follow for returning rejected exports to Great Britain has been updated to include links to post Brexit transition guidance. For more information, click here.

Business matters

EU business: data protection and copyright: Guidance on what EU businesses need to do with data protection, intellectual property and copyright in the UK, has been updated with the latest information on transferring personal data to the UK. For more information, click here.

Ecommerce directive: The eCommerce Directive no longer applies to the UK, now that the transition period is over. Rules relating to online activities in European Economic Area (EEA) countries, may newly apply to UK online service providers who operate in the EEA, now that the transition period is over. If you are a provider of online services, you should take steps in response to these changes. Guidance, outlining what has changed and what checks you need to make, has been issued. For more information, click here

Any other questions: Support helplines launched

There are new rules for businesses doing business with the EU.  To help you, a helpline has been set up.  For English businesses, the Business Support Helpline can help you identify the actions you need to take. Similar helplines are available for Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

For more information for:

  • businesses in England, call 0800 998 1098
  • businesses in Scotland, call 0300 303 0660
  • businesses in Wales, call 0300 060 3000
  • businesses in Northern Ireland, call 0800 181 4422.

For more information, including opening hours, click here

Further details on all above and other matters arising from Brexit are available here

If you have any further questions, call Bira Legal for advice



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