EU Exit – Information & Advice for food and non-food businesses

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

Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA)
Businesses within the Agri-Food sector can get all the latest updates on EU Exit from DAERA at or call its helpline.

DAERA have created a marketing standards Q&A guide which can be found here.

Food And Drink Labelling Changes

How food and drink producers, manufacturers, retailers and suppliers must change labels from 1 January 2021.

Guidance On Health And Identification Marks

Guidance on the health and identification marks that must be applied to products of animal origin, such as meat, egg products, fish, cheese and milk, after the end of the EU Transition Period.

If you require any further information regarding the movement of food after January 2021, Please contact the Environmental Health Department.

Transition Webinars

Regulations on Manufactured Goods, 11am Thursday 5 November and then on demand: This webinar will cover changes to the UK regime for goods that currently use the CE marking, the new UKCA marking and what you will need to do to place certain goods on the GB, NI and EU markets from 1 January 2021. Register for free here