Please see the latest Business Readiness updates below.
New video content to help keep your business moving
Doing business with Europe has changed. You need to follow new rules on exports, imports, tariffs, data and hiring.
All businesses can find out what has changed, and check their preparations, by visiting new video content from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The short, on-demand videos cover 18 topics, including importing and exporting, rules of origin and audit and accounting.
Register now to immediately access the video content. New rules are here – make sure your business is prepared.
HMRC support for businesses that trade with the EU
HMRC will continue to provide support to help businesses adjust to the new rules and help keep their business moving. If businesses need more support, they can:
UPDATED: The UK Sanctions list: Information about the designations of some individuals, entities and ships has been amended. For more information, click here.
UPDATED: Check which international road haulage permits you need: Guidance designed to help you find out which licences and permits you need to operate vehicles with a gross vehicle weight above 3.5 tonnes on international journeys from the UK has been updated. Serbia has been removed from the list of countries you can get a bilateral road haulage permit for. You can still apply for an European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT) permit for journeys to Serbia. For more information, click here.
UPDATED: European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT) international road haulage permits: The ‘check if you need ECMT permits’ guidance has been updated to provide clarification about when you need ECMT permits and what other options there are for other types of permits. For more information, click here.
UPDATED: Claim a waiver for duty on goods that you bring to Northern Ireland from Great Britain: Guidance has been updated with a new section on what to do if you exceed your allowance. For more information, click here.
UPDATED: Changes to international trademarks registrations after 1 January 2021: Guidance has been updated with comparable UK trademarks. For more information, click here.
Business Support Helpline
There are new rules for businesses doing business with the EU from 1 January, and you need to take action now. To help you, a helpline has been set up. For English businesses, the Business Support Helpline can help you identify the actions you need to take. Similar helplines are available for Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
For more information for:
businesses in England, call 0800 998 1098
businesses in Scotland, call 0300 303 0660
businesses in Wales, call 0300 060 3000
businesses in Northern Ireland, call 0800 181 4422.
For more information, including opening hours, click here.
UPDATED: Precursor chemicals wallchart for domestic licensing: Guidance on domestic licensing requirements has been updated. The domestic licensing wallchart has been updated to reflect changes to legislation since the UK left the EU. For more information, click here.
UPDATED: Guidance on handing of Decentralised and Mutual Recognition Procedures which are approved or pending: Guidance has been updated to clarify that UK national MA applications can be submitted irrespective of applications for the same product in EU and clarification of options for ongoing procedures that were not completed by 31 December 2020. For more information, click here.
Food and Drink
UPDATED: How to export wild caught marine fishery products to the EU from 1 January 2021: The ‘One Stop Shop’ guidance document has been updated to the most recent version. For more information, click here.
NEW: New financial support for the UK’s fishing businesses that export to the EU: £23 million has been made available to support businesses in the sector who have been affected by the Covid pandemic and adjusting to new export requirements. For more information, click here.
NEW: Run international bus or coach services and tours: Guidance has been issued explain what UK bus and coach operators need to provide services, tours, holidays and trips into Europe and other countries. For more information, click here.
To register, and for more information, click here.
Other: Your business journey to Net Zero
Calling all small businesses based in the Midlands!
Are you interested in practical solutions and tools to help you achieve your low-carbon goals? Join our Midlands focused, virtual event ‘Your business journey to Net Zero’ on Wednesday 10 February. Limited places available book now! Note: Dates in other regions expected shortly.