The UK has now left the EU and is in the Transitional Period which is set to end on 31 December 2020. During this time, the UK and EU are to negotiate additional arrangements for the new rules that will take effect on 1 January 2021*.
The new rules are likely to bring changes that will affect businesses of all sizes, within multiple sectors. Find out how to best prepare your business now for the end of the Transition Period by completing the GOV.UK checklist here.

*Please note that where materials refer to precise timelines for policy these may be subject to revision as events unfold.

How will the EU Exit affect you?


There may be significant changes to requirements when you trade with the EU post-transition. From 1 January 2021* you will need to make customs declarations to move goods into and out of the EU along with needing a EORI number.

In order to import/export your goods to the EU you must understand the following:

  • Rules and restrictions
  • Licences and special rules for certain commodities
  • Tax and duty rates
  • What exporting documents you need

GOV.UK have created a useful tool to navigate you through your exporting process

It is important to note that during the transition period, there will continue to be no duty charged on UK exports by EU member states. 


Check what’s changing in your industry

  • Employees practicing and serving clients in the EU may need to have their professional qualifications accredited. Check and Apply
  • Check new guidance if you manufacture or distribute goods to the EU


Make sure you have the right driver and vehicle licences and permits for driving in the EU

  • Make sure you have the right documentation for the goods you’re carrying across EU borders, including your Master Reference Number (MRN)

Food, farming and fisheries

The process for importing live animals and animal products is changing

  • New certification for exporting animals and animal goods is required. You will also need to use specific ports to move them

UK Nationals

Check for changes before you travel

  • Check your passport is valid Get travel insurance which covers your healthcare Make sure you have the right driving documents Get a health certificate for your pet at least four months before you travel

EU Citizens living in UK

Apply for EU Settlement Scheme


EU Exit Q&A Sessions:


  • 5th February 2020, 10pm-12pm
    Wolverhampton University, Stafford Campus, ST16 2LP
  • 7th February 2020, 1pm-4pm
    Commerce House, Festival Park, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 5BEBook Via our Website

News Updates

Vital Industries to benefit from post-Brexit Britain

International Trade Secretary sets out how vital British industries will benefit from free trade after Brexit.

Published 17 January 2020

The Future Relationship between the UK and the EU

The Government’s proposed approach to the negotiations with the EU about our future relationship and other trade negotiations.

Published 3 February 2020


Our EU Exit advice website ‘’ provides companies with resources businesses to understand the issues surrounding international trade post-transition, along with information to help you plan your business processes to best withstand the affects of leaving the EU.

For further information on on how to best prepare your business for the new rules that are set to take effect from 1 January 2021*, please contact our dedicated Growth Hub Brexit Advisor on 01782 202222.

If your business employs EU nationals and you would like HR advice on how leaving the EU will affect employment contracts, you can also contact our Growth Hub HR advisor.

For any other queries on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, please contact Staffordshire Chamber’s of Commerce International Trade Team on 01782 202222.