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 (TAC) 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 TAC 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.

UK exports to the EU have been subject to full EU third country requirements as from 1 January 2021.

The UK has however decided to delay and then phase in its reciprocal controls on imports from the EU in a series of stages starting on 1 January 2022. These are set out in the latest version of the UK  Border Operating Model published in November 2021.

But imports into the UK from the rest of the world have  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.

Comments and feedback on this site are always welcome – to feedback@euexitfoodhub.co.uk please.


Partner Organisations

You can click on any partner logo to access their website