Getting food businesses ready for EU Exit

The UK is leaving the EU and this means businesses may need to prepare for change. Delivering a negotiated deal with the EU remains the Government’s top priority. However, the Government must plan for every eventuality, including a no deal scenario. Without a deal, businesses may need to take action.

Government departments have published advice on the steps that food businesses may need to take to prepare for exit from the EU.  Businesses should visit https://euexitbusiness.campaign.gov.uk/ to check how they will be affected and what actions they can take to prepare. Advice from the Food Standards Agency can also be found at https://www.food.gov.uk/business-guidance/prepare-your-business-for-the-uk-leaving-the-eu

Getting non-food businesses ready for EU Exit

Government departments have published advice on the steps that businesses may need to take to prepare for the exit from the EU after the transition period.

Businesses should visit https://www.gov.uk/transition to check how they will be affected and what actions they can take to prepare. The site provides compressive information for businesses on many topics including exporting and importing goods.

Specific guidance

Movement of Goods – Guidance to support businesses engaging in the movement of goods under the Northern Ireland Protocol.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/moving-goods-under-the-northern-ireland-protocol

The guidelines cover moving goods from:

  • Northern Ireland to Great Britain
  • Great Britain to Northern Ireland
  • Northern Ireland to the European Union
  • Northern Ireland to the rest of the world

The guidance is designed to cover most goods, with product specific guidance to follow.

Trader Support Service – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/trader-support-service#history

There will be changes to the way goods move between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. You may want to consider the free Trader Support Service which:

  • will help if you move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or bring goods into Northern Ireland from outside the UK
  • will be free to use and guide you through any changes to the way goods move between Great Britain and Northern Ireland