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A sector-by-sector guide to how businesses can prepare for Brexit

A sector-by-sector guide to how businesses can prepare for Brexit
Dan Martin
Dan Martin
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Posted: Wed 2nd Dec 2020

_With less than a month to go until the end of the transition period for Britain's exit from the European Union on 31 December, businesses are being urged to prepare. Many of the changes will happen regardless of the trade agreement the government reaches with the EU.

This guide summarises the latest sector-specific guidance published by the government._

**The government's full guidance and a checker tool for personalised advice is here.

One of the main actions for exporters to the EU is to get an EORI number.**

Sector specific advice:

Professional and business services

Full checklist here.

Key actions include:

1. You may need to get your professional qualifications recognised by EU regulators to be able to practise or service clients in the EU. Starting the process to get your qualifications by 31 December 2020 may help you to practise your profession (e.g. accountancy, engineering) in the EU. More information here.

2. Check if a visa or work permit is required to travel to the EU for work purposes and apply if necessary. You may face delays or refusal at the border when travelling for business if you do not comply with the immigration requirements of the EU27 if travelling from 1 January 2021. More information here.

3. Be prepared on data protection and data transfers. Your business may not be able to legally receive personal data from the European Economic Area (EEA) from 1 January 2021 if you have not put alternative safeguards in place to cover EU to UK personal data flows. More information here.

4. If you are planning to recruit from overseas from 1 January 2021, you will need to register as a licensed visa sponsor. You may not be able to legally hire people from outside the UK if you do not have a licence. New employees from outside the UK will also need to meet new job, salary and language requirements. Irish citizens and those eligible under the EU Settlement Scheme are not affected. More information here.

Tourism and hospitality

Key actions include:

1. Prepare for changes relating to travel to the EU for leisure or business, hiring staff from the EU and data protection and data flows with the EU/ European Economic Area (EEA).

2. Be prepared to provide information to customers and cliemts on visiting the UK after January 2021 to use your services. More information here.

Agri-food and biosecurity

Key actions include:

1. Register to submit Export Health Certificates (EHCs) and understand processes on animals and animal products for export. You will be unable to export live animals and animal products to the EU from 1 January 2021 unless you register to submit Export Health Certificates using the new online service, and ensure you understand the required border checks. More information here.

2. Use new documentation and understand processes to import and export plant products (including fruit and vegetables). In order to continue importing and exporting plants and plant products with the EU from 1 January 2021, you must use new documentation and understand the new border processes. More information here.

3. Ensure your goods comply with new food labelling requirements from 1 January 2021. You risk not being able to sell your food and drink products in the EU from 1 January 2021 if labelling requirements aren't met. More information here.

4. If you are moving goods into, out of, or through Northern Ireland, check the latest guidance. At the end of the transition period, the Northern Ireland Protocol comes into force. There will be special provisions which only apply in Northern Ireland. More information here.

Advanced manufacturing

Key actions include:

1. Use the government website to identify changes affecting manufactured goods, such as new marking requirements or approvals needed, to ensure your business is ready to sell them in the UK and EU. You may not be able to sell your goods in the UK and the EU from 1 January 2021 unless you act.

2. Get ready to make customs declarations. Import and export declarations are complicated, requiring specialist skill, knowledge and IT. If you are not able to make declarations or provide the wrong information, your business could face delays, disruption or administrative costs. More information here.

3. Check if a visa or work permit is required to travel to the EU for work purposes and apply if necessary. You may face delays or refusal at border when travelling for business if you do not comply with the immigration requirements of the EU27 if travelling from 1 January 2021. More information here.

4. If you are moving goods into, out of, or through Northern Ireland, check the latest guidance. At the end of the transition period, the Northern Ireland Protocol comes into force. There will be special provisions which only apply in Northern Ireland. More information here.

Consumer goods

Full checklist here.

Key actions include:

1. Check the new rules on importing and exporting goods between the EU and Great Britain from 1 January 2021. Different rules will apply in Northern Ireland. Your business could face delays, disruption or administrative costs if you do not comply with new customs procedures from 1 January 2021.

2. Use the government website to identify changes affecting manufactured goods, such as new marking requirements or approvals needed, to ensure your business is ready to sell them in the UK and EU. You may not be able to sell your goods in the UK and the EU from 1 January 2021 unless you act.

3. Check if import VAT is due at the border. Your business could face delays, disruption or administrative costs if you do not comply with new customs procedures from 1 January 2021. More information here.

4. If you are moving goods into, out of, or through Northern Ireland, check the latest guidance. At the end of the transition period, the Northern Ireland Protocol comes into force. There will be special provisions which only apply in Northern Ireland. More information here.

Construction

Full checklist here.

Key actions include:

1. Check the new rules on importing and exporting goods between the EU and Great Britain from 1 January 2021. Different rules will apply in Northern Ireland. Your business could face delays, disruption or administrative costs if you do not comply with new customs procedures from 1 January 2021.

2. Use the government website to identify changes affecting manufactured goods, such as new marking requirements or approvals needed, to ensure your business is ready to sell them in the UK and EU. You may not be able to sell your goods in the UK and the EU from 1 January 2021 unless you act.

3. If you are planning to recruit from overseas from 1 January 2021, you will need to register as a licensed visa sponsor. You may not be able to legally hire people from outside the UK if you do not have a licence. New employees from outside the UK will also need to meet new job, salary and language requirements. Irish citizens and those eligible under the EU Settlement Scheme are not affected. More information here.

4. If you are moving goods into, out of, or through Northern Ireland, check the latest guidance. At the end of the transition period, the Northern Ireland Protocol comes into force. There will be special provisions which only apply in Northern Ireland. More information here.

Life sciences

Full checklist here

Key actions include:

1. Check the new rules on importing and exporting goods between the EU and Great Britain from 1 January 2021. Different rules will apply in Northern Ireland. Your business could face delays, disruption or administrative costs if you do not comply with new customs procedures from 1 January 2021.

2. Use the government website to identify changes affecting manufactured goods, such as new marking requirements or approvals needed, to ensure your business is ready to sell them in the UK and EU. You may not be able to sell your goods in the UK and the EU from 1 January 2021 unless you act.

3. Get ready to make customs declarations. Import and export declarations are complicated, requiring specialist skill, knowledge and IT. If you are not able to make declarations or provide the wrong information, your business could face delays, disruption or administrative costs. More information here.

4. If you are moving goods into, out of, or through Northern Ireland, check the latest guidance. At the end of the transition period, the Northern Ireland Protocol comes into force. There will be special provisions which only apply in Northern Ireland. More information here.

Retail

Full checklist here.

Key actions:

1. Check the new rules on importing and exporting goods between the EU and Great Britain from 1 January 2021. Different rules will apply in Northern Ireland. Your business could face delays, disruption or administrative costs if you do not comply with new customs procedures from 1 January 2021.

2. Use the government website to identify changes affecting manufactured goods, such as new marking requirements or approvals needed, to ensure your business is ready to sell them in the UK and EU. You may not be able to sell your goods in the UK and the EU from 1 January 2021 unless you act.

3. Check if import VAT is due at the border. Your business could face delays, disruption or administrative costs if you do not comply with new customs procedures from 1 January 2021. More information here.

4. If you are moving goods into, out of, or through Northern Ireland, check the latest guidance. At the end of the transition period, the Northern Ireland Protocol comes into force. There will be special provisions which only apply in Northern Ireland. More information here.

Aerospace

Full checklist here.

Chemicals sector

 
Dan Martin
Dan Martin
Freelance content creator & event host
Dan Martin Content & Events
 
I'm a freelance content creator and event host who helps small businesses and the organisations that support them. I have 18 years of experience as a small business journalist having interviewed hundreds of entrepreneurs from billionaires like Sir Richard Branson to the founders behind brand new start-ups. I've worked for a range of leading small business publications and support groups, most recently as head of content at Enterprise Nation where I was responsible for the prolific output of content on the company's blog and social media. I'm based in Bristol where I run and host regular events with the local small business community and have strong connections to major business organisations in the south west region. In total, I've hosted over 50 events; from intimate meet-ups to conferences with an audience of hundreds including events for international brands like Facebook and Xero. I'm also a big fan of podcasts having hosted Enterprise Nation's Small Business Sessions as well as lots of online events including Facebook Live interviews, webinars and three live web chats from inside 10 Downing Street. With my partner, I co-run Lifestyle District, a lifestyle blog focused on culture, art, theatre and photography. I'm here to help. I'm volunteering free advice calls of up to an hour as part of the Recovery Advice for Business scheme, over the next 6 months. Please get in touch to see how I can help your business. 
 

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