New rules for doing business with the EU are here. Know what you need to do to keep your business moving

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The rules have changed for businesses in Great Britain(GB) who import from the EU. They have also changed for UK businesses who sell goods in the EU.

Businesses moving goods from the EU to GB need to adapt for import control changes which took effect from 1 January 2022.

Customs declarations on imports from the EU to GB must now be completed at the time you or your courier/freight forwarder bring them into GB. Pre-notification is required to import certain Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS)goods, such as meat or plants, to GB from the EU.

You must register for the relevant IT systems for animal and plant products to ensure your business is prepared for prenotification requirements.

If you sell goods to the EU, or buy goods from the EU and bring them into the UK, and they meet the rules of origin requirements, you will be able 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

Throughout 2021, you have been allowed to export goods to the EU using reduced tariffs and get supplier declarations afterwards, to give you more time.

You must now have supplier declarations (where required) at the time you export your goods.If you cannot prove the origin of the products you’re importing or exporting, the full rate of customs duty will be charged.

Find out what you need to do
Visit and follow the step-by-step guide to adapt to import control changes. To adapt to the changes to Rules of Origin, click here

To check if you need to pre-notify visit

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

Export Support Service
Looking for clear and up-to-date information on selling products or services to Europe? Access the UK Government’s online and helpline service here

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