Your six steps to exporting goods after Brexit

If your business is involved in selling goods to customers outside of the UK we recommend that you consider each of the following points and take appropriate action now in order to minimise disruption after 31 October 2019:

  • Step 1: Check if the business has a UK Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number – https://www.gov.uk/eori
  • Step 2: Decide who will make the customs declarations. The business that transports the goods out of the UK may agree to make customs declarations. Alternatively, an agent could be hired to make the declarations or the exporter may make the declarations itself.
  • Step 3: Decide which customs procedures will make exporting easier for the business – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/customs-procedures-if-the-uk-leaves-the-eu-without-a-deal
  • Step 4: Check the country by country guide in relation to where each of the customers of the business are located – https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/exporting-after-eu-exit-country-by-country
  • Step 5: Depending on the nature of the goods being exported there may be other points to deal with in order to get the business ready. For example, the labelling on the packaging for the goods may need to change or it may be necessary for the business to apply for licences.
  • Step 6: If in doubt – contact the Garbutt & Elliott LLP VAT team – hello@garbutt-elliott.co.uk