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Brexit and exporting

The UK Brexit transition period ended on 31 December 2020. New rules apply from 1 January 2021. This page brings together guidance and news from ICAEW, as well as externally-produced resources providing practical information on export planning and international trade.

Need to know

Latest news and insights

Tax news in brief

16 December 2020: Highlights from the broader tax news this week includes: support from HMRC on withdrawal of VAT retail export and airside tax-free shopping scheme; the opening of an online portal for businesses using postponed VAT accounting to download statements; and data on how the enhanced CEST tool has been used in its first 12 months.

Guides and FAQs

UK trade agreements

The UK has negotiated agreements with its international trading partners, including the EU and Japan, that set out the rules on trade. This page brings together guidance and resources from the UK government, the EU and other useful sources on the new EU-UK treaty and trade agreements with non-EU countries.

Export finance

Use our selection of books, guides, useful links, books and articles to find more information on export finance.

Webinars

Taking the financial risk out of exporting

Join this webinar to hear more about export financing and the options available for SME businesses. In this practical webinar we will look at the types of products and support on offer from financial institutions. We will look at the first steps you should take, how a typical application works and current support available from government.

An Exporter's Guide to Brexit

This webinar, in partnership with MHA, delivers insights into various types of export supply chain scenarios and highlights areas that UK businesses must consider as part of their Brexit planning to avoid unnecessary delays or compliance failures.

An exporters guide to brexit

This webinar, in partnership with MHA delivers insights into various types of export supply chain scenarios and highlights areas that UK businesses must consider as part of their Brexit planning to avoid unnecessary delays or compliance failures

External resources

Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS) guide

Guide for hauliers, carriers and intermediaries which brings together the key aspects of using the Goods Vehicle Movement Service to move goods between Great Britain and the EU. This information supports the transition to new customs procedures from 1 January 2022.

Transporting goods to and from the EU

Simple guide which takes you through the stages involved in moving goods, covering: pre-journey documentation; documentation required when picking up goods; formalities at the EU and UK borders; and requirements after leaving the port.

Making a full export declaration

Guidance on what businesses need to do when making a full declaration to send goods from the UK, including the procedures that apply from 1 January 2022.

Ask the export support team a question

Helpline and online service for UK businesses selling goods or services to Europe. The government's export support team can answer questions about exporting to new markets, paperwork needed to sell abroad, and the rules for specific countries.

Trading with the EU and Northern Ireland – SME toolkit

Bite-sized summaries explaining the actions and decisions that SMEs need to take when importing and exporting, providing services in the EU, travelling for business, trading and moving goods in and out of Northern Ireland, hiring EU citizens, and protecting data and IP. Includes a useful glossary of terms you need to know and helpline numbers.

Keep your business moving: Video explainers on new rules for doing business with EU

Suite of on-demand short videos from UK government for businesses on importing, exporting, rules of origin, tariffs, providing services to EU markets, Northern Ireland, data handling, hiring staff, and selling goods. Sector-specific videos also cover chemicals regulations, IP, emissions, waste, and Horizon funding.