The Stoke-On-Trent & Staffordshire Growth Hub are well positioned to provide support to all businesses and ensure you have access to tailored business advice through our qualified and accredited business advisory team. We can connect you with the Department of International Trade, access to fully funded specialist HR advice & Marketing advice, along with access to funding and specialist Growth support throughout the Transition period and beyond.

The UK has left the EU and is currently in the Transition Period which will end on 31st December 2020. The new rules, that will take effect on 1st January 2021, are going to bring changes that will affect citizens, businesses of all sizes across multiple sectors, as well as travel to and from the EU.

Find out how to get ready for the new rules in 2021 by completing the GOV.UK checklist

How will the UK Transition affect you?

Businesses that Import and Export goods

As the process for importing and exporting goods will change from 1st January 2021, the government have devised two step-by-step guides to help businesses to prepare for this.

Click here to see what actions you will need to take to import goods from the EU.
Click here to see what actions you will need to take to export goods to the EU.

The government have devised a dedicated page for exporting and importing businesses, detailing information, updates and guidance on the new rules. This includes:
– The UK Global Tariff
– Find a commodity code
– Check tariffs
– Trade agreements
– Exporting to and importing from the EU
– Exporting to and importing from non-EU countries
– Import controls and customs
– Trade remedies

Travelling to the EU

You can continue to travel to the EU as usual during the transition period. From 1st January 2021 there will be new rules to travel to the EU, or to Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein.

Things you may need to do before you go include: checking your passport, ensuring your travel insurance covers your healthcare and checking you have the right driving documents.

If you are a business you may need to make a customs declaration if you take goods with you to sell abroad or use for business.

To read the full guidance on visiting Europe from 1st January 2021 click here.

Staying in the UK if you are an EU Citizen

You will need to check if you need to apply to the settlement scheme if you or your family are from the EU, or from Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein.

Use the GOV.UK tool to find out what you need to do to stay in the UK.

Continue living and working in the EU

Living and working in an EU country depends on the rules in that country as you may need to register or apply for residency. You should also check that you’re covered for healthcare and you may also need to exchange your UK driving licence for a licence issued by the EU country where you live.

For official guidance and information on UK nationals moving to or living in a European country click here.

UK Transition Webinars

Check, Change, Go – Prepare your business for the end of the transition period:
To support business preparations, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is hosting free webinars to help you check the new rules and understand the actions to take. Each webinar is tailored to different sectors, providing information on key actions businesses within that sector need to take, therefore you can click on your sector to register and attend a live webinar.
For more information CLICK HERE


Chamber Customs Webinars: 
4 topical and interactive webinars, designed to count down to the end of the EU Transition period.
The Webinars will guide businesses through the complexity of change in our import and export processes, systems and controls from 1st January 2020. For more information CLICK HERE


Department of International Trade Webinars:
The real changes start from 01 January 2021 when the Transition Period comes to an end (guaranteed by the Government). Some of the changes are linked to the new Tariff Regime, Customs Declarations, Deferment of VAT and many more. To further support companies in preparing for the end of the Transition Period we are running a series of Workshops which will cover issues including Customs Declarations, the new UK Tariff Regime and the Northern Ireland Protocol. For more information CLICK HERE

News Updates

EU citizens urged to take action during EU transition

For EU citizens living in the UK by 31 December 2020, that means they can continue to receive benefits on the same terms as they do now. People need evidence they were living in the UK by 31 December 2020, and to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme in order to be covered by these provisions. For those thinking of moving to the UK on or after 1 January 2021, the benefit rules will change.

Published 11 November 2020

An urgent message from the Business Secretary: Are you ready to trade in goods with the EU after 31 December 2020?

If you trade goods with the EU, the rules will change and there are actions to take now. Help is available, and as Business Secretary, I urge you to decide how you are going to deal with customs declarations – most companies use a specialist for this. You should check to see whether you might be able to delay your declarations and duty payments; you may be eligible for this if your goods are not on the controlled goods list you do not have a poor compliance record. If you plan to move goods into Northern Ireland, you should register for the free Trader Support Service .

Published  6 November 2020

HMRC urges traders to act now to prepare for 1 January 2021

With 50 days to go until the end of the transition period, HMRC has written to VAT-registered traders who trade with the EU, to encourage them to act now in order to avoid business disruption. The Border Operating Model and tax rules will come into effect at the end of the transition period regardless of whether or not a Free Trade Agreement is negotiated.

Published 5 November 2020


For further guidance on the UK Transition, please contact our business helpline on 0300 111 8002 to arrange to speak to one of our dedicated business advisors.

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 business queries around the UK Transition and how this will affect international trade, please contact Staffordshire Chamber’s of Commerce International Trade Team on 01782 202222.