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    THE TRANSITION PERIOD POST BREXIT

     

  • The Transition Period

    Cornwall Chamber of Commerce is aware of the demand from our members and the wider business community for impartial and practical advice to prepare them for the UK's exit transition from the European Union.

    We will be updating this section of our site with information from a range of relevant and respected sources and will aim to keep readers in the loop of any events or developments as we watch the Brexit situation unfold.

    The UK is in a transition period until 31 December 2020 while the UK Government and the EU negotiate additional arrangements.

  • Guidance Updates

  • Transition Checker Tool Transition Checker Tool

    The straightforward checker tool quickly identifies the necessary steps you need to take as a business or individual.

    Simply answer a few questions to get a personalised list of actions for you, your family and your businesses. The sign up for emails to get updates when things change. 

    Find the checker tool here 

     

    The actions people and business owners need to take vary based on their circumstances. They include:

    • Making sure you are ready to travel to Europe from 1 January 2021, for example by getting comprehensive travel insurance, ensuring your passport is valid, and checking your roaming policy with your mobile phone provider.

    • If you want to travel to Europe with your pet from 1 January 2021, contact your vet at least 4 months before you travel.

    • Making sure your business is ready to export or import from/to the EU, for example by getting an EU EORI number or registering with the relevant Customs Authority.

    Business preparedness materials Business preparedness materials

    HM Revenue and Customs has published a number of new materials to help traders prepare for the end of the Brexit transition period including:

    October letter to traders;

    short information videos;

    decision trees on importing and exporting processes;

    a step by step guide to importing

    a step by step guide to exporting.

    For more information please see Countdown to Change webinar series.

    HMG launches Export Growth Plan to help businesses HMG launches Export Growth Plan to help businesses

    The UK government has recently launched their Export Growth Plan with a package of measures to help businesses in England build back better following the pandemic. The Department for International Trade’s (DIT) Export Growth Plan provides additional financial support and expertise, some of which is targeted towards specific regions that are most in need. The plan includes:

    £38 million Internationalisation Fund available for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

    64 new International Trade Advisors and an Export Academy in the Northern Powerhouse, Midlands Engine and the South West region.

    New policies will allow businesses to grow their overseas trade to help them recover from the economic impact of Coronavirus.

  •  Import Licences and certificates Import Licences and certificates

    Licences, certificates and special rules for bringing goods into the UK from 1 January 2021.

    You’ll need to get a licence or certificate to import some types of goods into the UK.

    You might also need to pay an inspection fee for some goods before they’re allowed into the UK.

     Animals, plants, food and agricultural products

    Drugs, chemicals and waste

    Find out more

    Export Licences & Certificates from January 2021 Export Licences & Certificates from January 2021

    Licences, certificates and special rules for taking goods out of the UK from 1 January 2021.

    You’ll need to get a licence or certificate to export some types of goods from the UK.

    Animals, plants, food and agricultural products

    Chemicals and waste

     

     Sanctions

    There are different types of sanctions for trade, transport, finance and immigration.

    Check if the goods you’re exporting will be controlled by UK sanctions from 1 January 2021. You may also not be allowed to export your goods to someone who is subject to financial sanctions.

    Moving your goods to the EU or Common Transit countries Moving your goods to the EU or Common Transit countries

    If you're using Union and Common Transit you'll need to prepare your goods and plan your route. You also need to check how to complete the different declarations you'll need.

    When you have prepared your business for using Union and Common Transit, you must prepare your goods.

    If you haven’t already, check if using Union and Common Transit it right for you.

     

    Find out more on the following here

    1. Planning your route
    2. Check if you need to complete an export declaration
    3. Complete your transit declaration
    4. Start moving your goods
    5. If your goods are moving through a country outside the EU
    6. When your goods reach the country they’re moving to
    7. Further information

     

    Transition Checker Tool Transition Checker Tool

    The straightforward checker tool quickly identifies the necessary steps you need to take as a business or individual.

    Simply answer a few questions to get a personalised list of actions for you, your family and your businesses. The sign up for emails to get updates when things change. 

    Discover the Checker Tool today

     

    The actions people and business owners need to take vary based on their circumstances. They include:

    • Making sure you are ready to travel to Europe from 1 January 2021, for example by getting comprehensive travel insurance, ensuring your passport is valid, and checking your roaming policy with your mobile phone provider.

    • If you want to travel to Europe with your pet from 1 January 2021, contact your vet at least 4 months before you travel.

    • Making sure your business is ready to export or import from/to the EU, for example by getting an EU EORI number or registering with the relevant Customs Authority.

    How to Import and Export Goods between Great Britian and the EU from 1st January 2021 How to Import and Export Goods between Great Britian and the EU from 1st January 2021

    If you trade with the EU these 2 documents will help you prepare for these changes so you can continue to trade. Whether you’re completing the customs declarations yourself or have an intermediary to do it for you, these guides will take you through each step and set out your options.

     

    How to import goods from the EU into Great Britain from Jan 2021

    How to export goods from Great Britain into the EU from Jan 2021

    Border Operating Model Border Operating Model

    A guide to how the border with the European Union will work after the transition period.

    On 1 January 2021 the transition period with the European Union will end, and the United Kingdom will operate a full, external border as a sovereign nation. This means that controls will be placed on the movement of goods between Great Britain and the EU.

    To afford industry extra time to make necessary arrangements, the UK Government has taken the decision to introduce the new border controls in three stages up until 1 July 2021.

    Declaring goods brought into Creat Britain from the EU from January 2021 Declaring goods brought into Creat Britain from the EU from January 2021

    You can record goods in your own records and make a supplementary declaration up to 6 months later. You will not need to submit an entry summary declaration.

    If you’re importing standard goods into Great Britain from the EU between 1 January and 30 June 2021, you:

    • can use ‘entry in the declarant’s records’ without getting authorisation in advance
    • do not need to make an entry summary declaration

    You’ll need to:

    1. Record the goods in your own records.

    2. Account for the VAT in your VAT Return if you’re VAT registered.

    3. Make a supplementary declaration up to 6 months after the goods were imported.

    You or someone who does your import declarations for you will also need to have the following in place before you make your first supplementary declaration:

    Placing manufactured goods on the EU and GB market from 1 January 2021 Placing manufactured goods on the EU and GB market from 1 January 2021

    EU market: New guidance on what you need to do to comply with regulations on manufactured goods you place on the EU market from 1 January 2021 has been published.

    GB market: New guidance on what you need to do to comply with regulations on manufactured goods you place on the GB market from 1 January 2021 has been published.

    Find out more here

    Using the UKCA mark from 1 January 2021 Using the UKCA mark from 1 January 2021

    The UK has left the EU, and the transition period after Brexit comes to an end this year.

    This page tells you what you'll need to do from 1 January 2021. It will be updated if anything changes.

    For current information, read: CE marking

    You can also read about the transition period.

    Legal services business owners after 1 January 2021 Legal services business owners after 1 January 2021

    1. UK qualified lawyers with businesses in the EU, EEA-EFTA and Switzerland

    If you are a UK lawyer with ownership interests in the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland you need to contact the local regulator for specific advice.

     

    2. EU and EFTA qualified lawyers with businesses in England, Wales or Northern Ireland

    If you are a Registered European Lawyer (REL) or a lawyer with qualifications from EU, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein (EEA-EFTA), you need to take one or more of the following actions before the end of the transition period to continue to own, or part own, a legal services business in England, Wales or Northern Ireland:

    • requalify in England, Wales or Northern Ireland

    • become a Registered Foreign Lawyer in England and Wales

    • make the necessary changes to your practice or business structure to comply with the new regulatory arrangements.

    For those within scope of the Swiss Citizens’ Right Agreement you have until 31 December 2024 to register as a REL or requalify as a solicitor in England, Wales or Northern Ireland.

    EU or EFTA lawyers and RELs who own or part own regulated legal services firms in England, Wales or Northern Ireland should contact the relevant regulator for specific advice.

    RELs who own unregulated legal services businesses in the UK should contact the relevant regulator for specific advice.

     

    3. Employing lawyers from the EU, EEA and Switzerland until 31 December 2020

    There will be no change to the way EU, EEA and Swiss citizens prove their right to work until 31 December 2020. Irish citizens will continue to have the right to work in the UK and prove their right to work as they do now, for example by using their passport.

    You can find more information in the guidance on employing EU, EEA and Swiss citizens.

    Businesses in England, Wales or Northern Ireland employing EU, and/or EEA-EFTA lawyers should contact their relevant UK regulator for specific advice.

     

    4. Scotland

    Legal services business owners in Scotland should contact the relevant Scottish regulators - see further information for specific advice.

     

    5. Further information

    Changes to legal practice from 1 January 2021: guidance for legal professionals Changes to legal practice from 1 January 2021: guidance for legal professionals

    Are you ready for our new relationship with the EU? Are you ready for our new relationship with the EU?

    There will be guaranteed changes from 1 January for businesses as we start our new relationship with the EU, and there are many actions you can take today to prepare. Find out what you need to do by visiting gov.uk/transition and using the checker tool.   

    These are challenging times, however it is vital that your business prepares now for our new relationship with the EU, outside of the single market and customs union.  

    There are 80 days until the end of the transition period and there will be no extension, so you need to act now. 

    Regardless of whether we reach a trade agreement with the EU, from 1 January there will be guaranteed changes to: 

    • the way businesses import and export goods;  
    • the process for hiring people from the EU; and 
    • the way businesses provide services in EU markets. 

     Help is available, and as Business Secretary, I encourage you to:  

    1.  Check what actions you need to take by visiting gov.uk/transition
    2.  Sign-up for updates.  
    3.  Attend government webinars for additional support, you can sign-up to attend BEIS webinars now.  

    Unless you take action, there is a risk business operations will be interrupted. You should also check with your suppliers and customers that they are taking action.   

    Businesses will play an essential role in ensuring a smooth end to the transition period, and the government and I will be there to support you as we embark on the UK’s new start.  

  • Actions you can take now 

  • Travelling to the EU Travelling to the EU

    You can continue to travel to the EU as normal during the transition period. From the 1st January 2021 there will be new rules to travel to the EU or to Swizerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein. 

    Travel to the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein will change from 1 January 2021.

    Things you may need to do before you go include:

    • check your passport
    • get travel insurance that covers your healthcare
    • check you have the right driving documents
    • organise pet travel - contact your vet at least 4 months before you go

    There are more things to do if you’re travelling for business. For example, going to meetings and conferences, providing services (even with a charity), and touring art or music.

    You’ll need to declare cash of £10,000 or more (or the equivalent in another currency) if you take it between the UK and any other country.

    If you’re a business:

    Businesses that import and export goods Businesses that import and export goods

    From 1 January 2021 you will need to make customs declarations to move goods into and out of the EU. You should:

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