The Business Secretary has issued an urgent message to UK businesses to act now.
We are approaching the end of the transition period and new rules apply from 1 January 2021 onwards. Your business, family and personal circumstances may be affected if you’re:
- Importing goods from the EU
- Exporting goods to the EU
- Moving goods to or from Northern Ireland
- Traveling to the EU
- Living and working in the EU
- Staying in the UK if you’re an EU citizen
We would urge all clients to check if they are affected. You can use the wizard on the Gov.uk website to find out how you are affected and what action you need to take. The top actions businesses need to take now to be prepared are:
Check the new rules on importing and exporting goods between EU and Great Britain. Your business could face delays, disruption or administrative costs if you do not comply with new customs procedure from 1 January 2021.
If you are planning to recruit from overseas from 1 January 2021 you will need to register as a licensed sponsor. You may not be able to legally hire people from outside the UK if you do not have a license.
Use Gov.UK to identify changes affecting manufactured goods, such as new marketing requirements or approvals needed to ensure your business is ready to sell them in the UK and EU. You may not be able to sell your goods in the UK and the EU from 1 January 2021 unless you act now.
If you are moving goods into, out of, or through Northern Ireland, check the latest guidance. At the end of the transition period the Northern Ireland Protocol comes into force.
The full Gov.uk guidance can be found here.
Please get in touch if you are unsure how the new rules may affect your business, or if you have any questions and would like any assistance.