Although the main elements of the UK’s future relationship with the EU have been in place for many months, Government has announced that the next stage of UK import controls which were due to take effect from 1 July will not now go ahead as planned and that a new Target Operating Model will be published next year setting out an alternative approach. There also remain a number of outstanding issues in relation to the future operation of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Given these continuing uncertainties, we have decided to suspend access to this site to avoid the risk of providing incomplete or outdated information.

We will keep this decision under review in the light of developments.

In the meantime, users are advised to refer instead to Gov.UK for the latest official guidance.

Welcome To EU Exit Food Hub

This site aims to provide a central source of information for agri-food businesses on the UK’s new relationship with the EU under the terms of the  Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) which entered into effect as of 1 January 2021. It is run by a number of food industry partner organisations (listed below) on a voluntary and collaborative basis (see also our Terms and Conditions for Use).

The TCA formalises the UK’s departure from the EU’s Single Market and Customs Union and sets a new preferential framework for tariff and quota free trade, subject to relevant Rules of Origin. In all other respects, including border and other controls, the two parties operate as fully independent entities under normal World Trade Organisation procedures.

Separate arrangements apply to Northern Ireland under the Protocol to the earlier Withdrawal Agreement.

UK trade with the rest of the world has been subject to full  UK customs and other requirements as from 1 January 2021, with the UK’s new Global Tariff replacing the EU tariff schedules which applied up to that point,  unless otherwise specified under separate bilateral  Trade Agreements

Partner Organisations

You can click on any partner logo to access their website