Page last updated 08.01.2021

The UK has left the EU, and the Brexit transition period came to an end on the 31 December 2020. There will be guaranteed changes for which businesses must prepare.

This webpage has been created to gather in one place all information, advice and guidance that businesses in the Humber may need. The Growth Hub team will strive to update this webpage as regularly as possible; any updates will be communicated via our mailing list, which you can sign up to here.

If you would like support in navigating this information, advice and guidance, you can contact your local Growth Hub advisor team who can guide you through and help with all your enquiries – find your local advisor team here.


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Page Contents

  1. New Deal
  2. Essential Advice for All Businesses
  3. Topic-Specific Advice for Businesses
  4. FAQ’s
  5. Other Sources of Information, Advice & Guidance
  6. Crucial steps for all importers and exporters to take now

New deal

A deal with the EU has been reached and businesses should take action to ensure that their business operations can run smoothly as new rules apply. Businesses should prioritise taking any actions as soon as possible in the new year. 

The links below provide more information to support business:

  • Use the Brexit checker tool for a personalised list of actions.
  • If you move goods into, out of, or through Northern Ireland, check the latest Northern Ireland Protocol guidance here.
  • For guidance on Rules of Origin see here
  • For details of the new arrangements for hiring workers from the EU see here.
  • For travelling to Europe check here and for passports here.
  • For Data Protection and Data Flows check here.

View and download the Governments general advice for the New Trade deal ( PDF file) Here

View and download the Governments advice to business sectors for the new Trade deal ( PDF file) Here

Essential Advice For All Businesses

The best place to get support and information on how to prepare is GOV.UK/transition, which includes:

  • A transition checker tool so your business can get personalised results about the specific actions they need to take;
  • A live list of upcoming webinars where businesses can sign up to engage with experts
  • The latest news from the government
  • Business Readiness bulletins, which you can sign up to here

DIT has updated UKGT guidance to clarify that the existing commodity code system will continue to apply from 1 January 2021 onwards.
DIT has updated the list of Existing UK trade agreements with non-EU countries
DIT has launched a new online service to find commodity codes for products being importing into the UK. There is a different service to find commodity codes for exporting.

HMRC has updates Guidance on exporting excise goods to the EU from 1 January 2021, with information regarding declaring a change in destination for goods in flight.

BEIS has updated guidance on designated standards, with new information on general product safety from 1 January 2021. 

Topic-Specific Advice For Businesses

Businesses in different industries and with different business operations will have different steps they will need to take. The best way to learn which changes will affect your business is by using the transition checker tool on GOV.UK to obtain a bespoke list of steps that you need to take now.

On Friday 4th December we set up a EU Transition Helpdesk in partnership with the Hull & Humber Chamber of Commerce. Businesses that have a specific or technical EU Transition enquiry can contact the Helpdesk at

The EU Transition Helpdesk offers businesses free advice and guidance on the following issues:

  • Export Documentation
  • Shipping and Logistics
  • Customs Procedures
  • Preference Agreements
  • WTO Trade Terms
  • EU/UK Trade Terms (if an agreement is reached before the end of 2020)
  • EU Settlement Scheme and Employment Compliance
  • Movement of Goods Across Borders
  • Regulatory Issues

We have also created separate webpages for each key change that EU Transition poses, and these are as below.

TopicWho Is This For?Link
Export Any business that exports goods to the EUClick Here
ImportAny business that imports goods from the EUClick Here
Providing Services To EU ClientsAny business that provides services to a client based in the EU, including professional service, digital services and other.Click Here
Employing EU and “Rest of World” Nationals Any business that recruits employees that are not UK or Irish nationals.Click Here
Data Transfer Between UK & EUAny business that receives personal data from the EU for business use.Click Here
Sending Staff To Work in The EUAny business that sends employees to work within the EU.Click Here
Regulation of Manufactured ProductsAny business that manufactures a product that is regulated, such as Food products, CE-Marked products and other.Click Here

Frequently Asked Questions

EU Transition is a complex issue and the various changes that are coming to “doing business” from 1st January 2021 are quite technical in nature. We have therefore created a FAQ webpage that provides some clarity and jargon-free guidance on the various matters associated with EU Transition, which can be found here.

Other Sources of Information, Advice & Guidance

Many business support, business membership and trade associations have created useful web-based resources relating to EU Transition. Most of these resources are free to access, however some require paid-for membership status to access.

We have created below a list of other sources of information, advice & guidance. Please note that the Humber Business Growth Hub is not responsible for the content of external websites.

UK Contains up to date information and guidance on the various changes to “doing business” come the end of EU Transition Click here
EU CommissionThe EU Commission’s Advisory Pages on getting ready for the end of the transition period. Contains resources on the technical aspects of the end of EU TransitionClick here
Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)The FSB’s UK Transition Hub. Desingned to support small businesses and the self-employed understand and prepare for what comes after the end of EU Transition.Click here
British Chambers of Commerce (BCC)The BCC’s Brexit Hub. Contains information and guidance on the practical changes that are coming due to end of EU TransitionClick here
Confederation of British Industry (CBI)The CBI’s UK Transition Hub. Helps businesses to prepare for the UK’s post-Brexit trading relationship with the EUClick here
Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAEW)ICAEW’s Brexit Transition Hub. Contains a range of resources to help businesses prepare for end of the transition periodClick here
Make UKMake UK’s Support for UK Manufacturers. Offers specific information, advice and guidance for UK ManufacturersClick here
Tech NationTech Nation’s Brexit Guide for Business. Offers links to other sources of information, advice and guidance relevant to Digital & Tech businesses.
Also includes a Tech Nation and COADEC co-design guide on “No-Deal” Brexit and how Digital & Tech businesses can prepare.
Click here
Food & Drink Federation (FDF)The FDF’s EU Exit Toolkit. Contains advice and guidance relevant to the producers of food and drink, including factsheets on importing and exporting food & drink between the UK & EU, as well with Northern Ireland.Click here

crucial steps for all importers and exporters to take now

Ensure your company is registered for both imports and exports.

Does your UK company have an EORI number that starts with GB? From 1 January 2021 you will need this to move goods between the UK and the EU.

Visit here to get an EORI number. Remember to apply for your EORI number in advance, it can take up to a week to get one.

Make sure the classification of your goods (tariff/commodity code) are correct

Use the Trade Tariff  to look up commodity codes, duty and VAT rates. Find out how to contact HMRC in order to get help with a commodity code and what information you will need to send them.

Ask HMRC for help to classifying your goods or find out how to get a legally binding decision on the commodity code to use for your goods

Apply for a Binding Tariff Information decision

Be ready for the new customs paperwork.

Regardless of whether a deal is reached between the UK & EU, import and export customs declarations with be required for the movement of goods as of 1st January 2021.

It is estimated that the number of customs declarations will increase from 50 million to 200 million. Exporters are urged to speak with their customs broker or import-export agent who acts on their behalf to secure the service they need beyond the 31st December or look at setting up your business to make declarations internally.

Customs declarations for goods you bring or receive into the UK or EU

HMRC has made funding of £50 million available to enhance its Customs Grant Scheme. Since the 29th July 2020, organisations have been able to apply for funding to reimburse a number of costs associated with increasing their capacity and enhancing their ability to complete customs declarations, ahead of the new rules from January 2021.

Further information about the Customs Grant Scheme .

Check the new UK tariff for imported goods.

From the 1st January 2021, the UK will apply a UK-specific tariff to imported goods.

This UK Global Tariff (UKGT) will replace the EU’s Common External Tariff, which applies until 31st December 2020.

Check the tariffs that will apply to goods you import when the UK Global Tariff takes effect on the 1st January 2021

Check UK trade tariffs from 1 January 2021

As we approach the end of the Brexit transition period it is important that businesses involved in international trade use this time to prepare for life outside the EU, including new customs arrangements.

Business Events
We have a list of events for businesses in our area including BREXIT support events. You can see the list here