Take action now to prepare your business for Brexit

Take action now to prepare your business for Brexit transition

Business Secretary Alok Sharma has written to businesses outlining the actions you can take now to prepare for the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December. You can read the full letter here and the top actions that businesses can take now are outlined below.

There is just over a month to go until the end of the transition period and there will be new rules to follow from 1 January 2021 onwards. You can find out what you need to do by going to gov.uk/action-2021. The top actions you can take now to prepare are:

1. Check the new rules on importing and exporting goods between the EU and Great Britain from 1 January 2021. Different rules will apply in Northern Ireland. Your business could face delays, disruption or administrative costs if you do not comply with new customs procedures from 1 January 2021.

2. If you are planning to recruit from overseas from 1 January 2021, you will need to register as a licensed visa sponsor. You may not be able to legally hire people from outside the UK if you do not have a licence. New employees from outside the UK will also need to meet new job, salary and language requirements. Irish citizens and those eligible under the EU Settlement Scheme are not affected.

3. Use GOV.UK to identify changes affecting manufactured goods, such as new marking requirements or approvals needed, to ensure your business is ready to sell them in the UK and EU. You may not be able to sell your goods in the UK and the EU from 1 January 2021 unless you act.

4. If you are moving goods into, out of, or through Northern Ireland, check the latest guidance. At the end of the transition period, the Northern Ireland Protocol comes into force. There will be special provisions which only apply in Northern Ireland so if you move goods into, out of, or through Northern Ireland make sure you check the latest guidance at: gov.uk/northern-ireland-trade.

The Government is providing a range of support, including webinars to walk you through the changes. These are available to watch on demand at gov.uk/transition-webinars. You should also check with your suppliers and customers that they are taking action.

Find more information to help your business prepare in our Brexit Transition toolkit.