• 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.

  • 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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