Business Bulletin - Brexit: New rules are here - 19 April 2021

Please see the latest Business Readiness updates below.


Apply for a grant to help small and medium-sized businesses new to importing or exporting
You can now apply for the SME Brexit Support Fund. Smaller businesses can get up to £2,000 to pay for practical support, including training or professional advice to adjust to new customs, rules of origin and VAT rules when trading with the EU. You can apply and find more information on eligibility here.

New Guidance
Business travel: The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office will be hosting their next webinar for travel, insurance and business partners on Thursday 22 April 2021. Focusing on the new rules for UK travellers to the EU following the end of the Transition Period, experts from a range of government department will update on the latest changes and actions travellers need to take to be prepared. The session will also feature new rules for business travellers, and there will be plenty of opportunity to ask any questions you may have. Space is limited, so click here to sign up.

Plant and animal importing and exporting:  New short videos have been produced to help explain importing and exporting of animal and plant goods. For more information, click here.

Great Britain Marketing Authorisations (MAs) for Centrally Authorised Products (CAPs):  A list has been produced by the MHRA of the products licence MA numbers for the grandfathering of CAP MAs. For more information, click here.

Updated Guidance
VAT: Trading and moving goods in and out of Northern Ireland: Information has been added to guidance with information about when to use an ‘XI’ prefix in UK VAT numbers in the ‘paying VAT’ section. For more information, click here.

List of customs agents and fast parcel operators: The list of agents and operators who can help submit customs declarations has been updated. Click here for more information.

Transiting animals and animal products through Great Britain: Guidance has been updated to reflect the new timetable for the introduction of the next stage of UK import requirements for transit goods. For more information, click here.

Export or move live poultry: Guidance has been updated with information about the 'Documents you need to return rejected livestock and poultry from 1 January 2021’. For more information, click here.

Exporting or moving high-risk food and feed of non-animal origin to the EU or Norther Ireland: Guidance has been updated with details of some categories of high-risk food and feed of non-animal origin now included in the Movement Assistance Scheme. For more information, click here.

Bass industry: Guidance has been updated with council regulations. For more information, click here.


  • On demand webinar – Trading with the EU under the new rules, providing an overview of the new rules that have come into place since the UK left the EU. To view this, click here
  • On demand webinar – Moving goods via ports in the Netherlands and Belgium, a webinar outlining the common problems emerging with moving goods between GB to UK and EU to GB. To view this, click here

Webinars for businesses trading with the EU: A recording of the webinar ‘Moving Goods into, out of, or through Northern Ireland’ has been added. To watch this, click here

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy 

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