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 which entered into effect as of 1 January 2021.
The site 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 material it contains, including lists of Frequently Asked Questions, draws on official UK and EU guidance and will continue to be updated as necessary in the light of developments.
The Agreement 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, including certain ‘grace periods’ which the UK has unilaterally extended.
The UK has also announced some additional delays to its own Border Operating Model phasing in controls on imports from the EU. UK exports to the EU have, however, been subject to full third country requirements from 1 January 2021, when the previous transitional period came to an end.
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