BREXIT - The new rules are here


The Transition Period has ended, a deal with the EU has been reached and the new rules are here to help keep your business moving. 


The transition period has ended

Now the transition period has ended and the UK has left the EU customs union and single market, we can enjoy a zero tariffs, zero quotas relationship with the EU as an independent trading nation. Full details can be found here.

Following the signing of the UK – EU Free Trade Agreement, there are new rules for businesses which came into force on 1 January 2021 which require immediate action. Your business needs to act now to comply with these new rules. If you do not take action, there is a risk your business operations will be interrupted.

Alok Sharma, Business Secretary of State, says that the deal with the EU means the UK can now regulate in a manner that suits the UK economy and UK businesses – doing things in a more innovative and effective way, without being bound by EU rules. While the deal does secure tariff-free access to EU markets, he urges you to still check what you need to do to allow your business operations to run smoothly.

Brexit checker tool

GOV.UK have devised a Brexit checker tool that quickly identifies and produces a personalised list of actions that you will need to take.The checker tool will ask you questions about your business and provide all the information you need to be aware of such as new rules on:

• Importing and Exporting
• Moving goods to and from Northern Ireland including Trader Support Service



GOV.UK have set up a dedicated page which groups together a wide range of links detailing information on imports, exports and customs for businesses.

There are links to step by step guides for importing goods to and exporting goods from the UK and trading and moving goods in and out of Northern Ireland.

The dedicated page includes full information on the following topics:

- Getting started: EORI number, get someone to deal with customs for you, due diligence when making customs declarations
- Preparing information for your declaration
- Reducing and delay duty
- Declaring your goods
- Specific goods and services
- Carriers and freight forwarders
- Pay import duty and VAT
- Storing goods
- Moving goods in the EU
- Notices, forms and manuals

Northern Ireland Protocol

Moving goods into, out of, or through Northern Ireland from 1 January 2021

The government has launched the free-to-use Trader Support Service which will help businesses and traders prepare for the changes that will affect your business if you move goods into and out of Northern Ireland.

Register for the Trader Support Service

The Movement Assistance Scheme will help businesses to meet new requirements for moving animals, plants and associated products from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. This includes advice to businesses through a dedicated helpline and means traders will not need to pay certification costs.

Need Advice on Importing or exporting'

We’re happy to provide it – just get in touch!

AEO certified & with years of experience in handling customs formalities, Spatial Global have the knowledge and expertise to assist clients in submitting export & import declarations. We access customs directly via our operating system, processing and transmitting numerous entries every day. Simply get in touch with us & we’ll help find the most appropriate solution to meet your specific requirements.


As an EU certified AEO customs operator in many European countries you don’t have to be a customs specialist yourself – leave it to us. Simply get in touch with us and we’ll handle your customs declarations in your own language and in due time.

Information published here is correct, to the best of our knowledge and belief, at the time of publishing but we take no responsibility in the event of incorrect or misleading information.   This service is provided free of charge and without liability or obligation.

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