The UK has left the EU and new rules are in place from January 1, 2021.

You can find further important information to help get your business ready for the changes on the links below:

Advice for businesses/employers

New rules for businesses will come into force in the UK from January 1, 2021. This will include changes to customs, tariffs and VAT. The government has produced a useful toolkit which enables food businesses to receive tailor made information on how changes may affect their business.

If you trade with the EU, you should check that you have the correct documentation and procedures in place to continue trading without any hitches once the UK has left the EU. This will apply to companies involved in any import or export activity to and from the EU. The government has published guidance for businesses in preparation for Brexit on the GOV.UK website. Topics include:

The government is also hosting free webinars to help you check the new rules and understand the actions to take. 

The Business Growth Hub is another source of useful information. 

Digital guide for food and drink businesses

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has launched a new digital guide covering the key actions food and drink businesses may need to take after the end of the transition period (from 1 January 2021). Information has been accumulated into one place, to provide a single reference point for food and drink businesses.

The guide is available to download, alongside a range of other digital materials.


The link will host the most up to date version of the guide, with changes and additions being made as more information is confirmed.

Last updated: Mon 4th January, 2021 @ 10:13