Done deal
Where are we now?

With a trading deal agreed passed by MPs, we’re looking at how the new arrangements will affect the wholesale channel.

Among the main changes are:

  • rules of origin will apply to goods in order to qualify for preferential trade terms under the agreement;
  • all imports will be subject to customs formalities and will need to comply with the rules of the importing party;
  • all imports into the EU must meet all EU standards and will be subject to regulatory checks and controls for safety, health and other public policy purposes.
Government resources

EU Exit Food Hub

The EU Exit Food Hub is being updated following the Trade and Cooperation Agreement to reflect new arrangements for business.





Businesses moving goods from the EU to Great Britain (GB) need to prepare for import control changes which will take effect from 1 January 2022.

As we build our new relationship with our European partners, the UK government will continue to support businesses as they navigate additional changes to take advantage of the opportunities this brings.

New requirements – Customs Declarations

From 1 January 2022 you must complete customs declarations on imports from the EU to GB at the time you or your courier/freight forwarder bring them into GB. This means you will no longer be able to delay making import customs declarations.

Since 1 January 2021, you have been able to delay import declarations for a maximum of 175 days from when the goods arrived in the country. From 1 January 2022, full declarations must be made at the time of importing and cannot be delayed.

Visit and follow the step by step guide to make sure you’re prepared for new customs declaration rules. The guide provides information on how to bring goods into the UK from any country, including how much tax and duty you’ll need to pay and whether you need to get a licence or certificate.

You can also apply for authorisation to use simplified declarations for imports, which allows you to move goods into a customs procedure without having to provide a full customs declaration. You can find out more about how to apply for a simplified declaration at declarations-for-imports.

Alternatively, you may have chosen someone to deal with import and export declarations on your behalf, such as a customs agent, courier or a freight forwarder. Information on how people can help you with customs can be found on your-behalf.

Rules of Origin

From 1 January 2022, if you sell goods to the EU, or buy goods from the EU and bring them into the UK, you will need to be able to prove that they meet the rules of origin in order to use preferential tariffs.

To benefit from the preferential tariffs, you must have proof that:

  • –  goods you import into the UK from the EU originate there

–  goods you export to the EU originate in the UK

If you cannot prove the origin of your product, you or your EU customer will be liable to pay the full rate of customs duty and could face penalties. If you cannot prove your product’s origin, you cannot take advantage of the zero-tariff trade agreement with the EU.

To prepare for the changes to Rules of Origin, go to for-goods-moving-between-the-uk-and-eu.

For practical support with exporting your products, contact the Export Support Service online or by phone.

UKCA mark guidance

Guidance has been published on the implementation of the UKCA mark. A series of webinars on placing goods on the market in Great Britain have been scheduled for the coming weeks.