This site aims to provide a central source of information for agri-food businesses, drawn from official UK and EU guidance on what will happen when the “business as usual” transition period under the Withdrawal Agreement expires on 31 December 2020.
It is run by a range of food industry partner organisations (listed below) on a voluntary and collaborative basis (see also our Terms and Conditions for Use). The material it contains has been updated from the version displayed prior to the ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement in January.
Negotiations on the UK’s future relationship with the EU are, however, still taking place, with several important issues unresolved.
If these talks do not result in agreement, the UK will default to trading with the EU under so-called WTO rules. This will mean both sides applying tariffs to imports from the other in accordance with their respective external tariff schedules.
But, with or without an agreement, many significant changes will take place from 1 January 2021, notably in relation to customs and border procedures and immigration rules.
Separate provisions are likely to apply to trade with Northern Ireland.
As things stand, exports from the UK to the rest of the world should remain largely unaffected, however imports will become subject to the UK’s new MFN Global Tariff rather than the EU’s Common External Tariff.
This site provides information on what will change at the end of the transition period with the EU. However, a number of issues are the subject of ongoing negotiations with the EU or are currently unresolved. The site (including the lists of Frequently Asked Questions) will be updated in real time as soon as further clarification is available.