04.11.2020 - Business Readiness Bulletin – The UK transition

4th November 2020

Business Readiness Bulletin – The UK transition

Issue 55: 4  November 2020

The UK has left the EU, and the transition period after Brexit comes to an end this year. Take action now to get ready for new rules from January 2021. This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for businesses.  All information on the UK Transition can be found at www.gov.uk/transition  


 

Preparing for the end of the Transition Period - guidance for business sectors

With the transition period ending in 58 days time, time is running out to prepare your business.  A series of checklists having been produced for businesses to use, to help you prepare for 1 January 2021: 

New guidance on preparing for the end of the transition period if you work in the electronics and machinery sectorFor more information about the 9-point checklist to understand what you need to do before 1 January 2021, click here

New guidance on preparing for the end of the transition period if you work in consumer goods sectorFor more information about the 13-point checklist to understand what you need to do before 1 January 2021, click here

New guidance on preparing for the end of the transition period if you work in the automotive sectorFor more information about the 10-point checklist to understand what you need to do before 1 January 2021, click here

New guidance on preparing for the end of the transition period if you work in aerospace sectorFor more information about the 9-point checklist to understand what you need to do before 1 January 2021, click here

New guidance on preparing for the end of the transition period if you work in science, research and innovation sectorFor more information about the 8-point checklist to understand what you need to do before 1 January 2021, click here

New guidance on preparing for the end of the transition period if you work in life sciences sectorFor more information about the 12-point checklist to understand what you need to do before 1 January 2021, click here

New guidance on preparing for the end of the transition period if you work in the construction sectorFor more information about the 11-point checklist to understand what you need to do before 1 January 2021, click here

New guidance on preparing for the end of the transition period if you work in arts, heritage and culture sectorFor more information about the 7-point checklist to understand what you need to do before 1 January 2021, click here

New guidance on preparing for the end of the transition period if you work in the telecoms and information services sector: For more information about the 6-point checklist to understand what you need to do before 1 January 2021, click here

New guidance on preparing for the end of the transition period if you work in the tourism sector: For more information about the 6-point checklist to understand what you need to do before 1 January 2021, click here

New guidance on preparing for the end of the transition period if you work in the gambling sector: For more information about the 5-point checklist to understand what you need to do before 1 January 2021, click here

New guidance on preparing for the end of the transition period if you work in the civil society sector: For more information about the 4-point checklist to understand what you need to do before 1 January 2021, click here

New guidance on preparing for the end of the transition period if you work in the creative industries sectorFor more information about the 6-point checklist to understand what you need to do before 1 January 2021, click here

 

UK Trade Agreements with non-EU countries

UK signs a trade agreement with Kenya: Guidance on the trade agreements the UK has already signed and our discussions with countries the EU has a trade agreement with can be found here

 

Transition Webinars

The Business Secretary Alok Sharma is encouraging firms to sign up for a webinar to find out more about the actions to take. Business Secretary Alok Sharma said“Time is running out for businesses to get ready for the end of the transition period on 31 December and prepare for the guaranteed set of changes and opportunities ahead. I urge as many businesses as possible to sign up to the second phase of our webinars or visit gov.uk to see what actions need to be taken to ensure we’re ready for the UK’s new start as an independent country.” 

  • Regulations on Manufactured Goods, 11am Thursday 5 November and then on demand:  This webinar will cover changes to the UK regime for goods that currently use the CE marking, the new UKCA marking and what you will need to do to place certain goods on the GB, NI and EU markets from 1 January 2021. Register for free here.  
  • NEW: Providing services in the EU: professional qualifications, audit and accounting, and legal services - 11am, Wednesday 11 November, and then on demand – register here. 
  • NEW: Chemical regulations - 11am, Thursday 12 November, and then on demand – register here  
  • NEW: Using personal data from 1 January 2021 – 11am, Wednesday 18 November, and the on demand – register here 
  • NEW: IPO webinar, 2pm Tuesday 17th November: This webinar will cover changes to registration of EU Trade Marks and Designs, how parallel trade with the EU will change after 1 Jan 2021, changes to copyright licencing and operational changes to office processes for the registration of trade marks, designs and patents after the end of the transition period. Register here.  
  • Ministry of Justice webinars for legal professionals. Find out more and register here
  • Webinars for exporters of animals and products of animal origin to the EU. Find out more about the webinars hosted live and on demand by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs here

Find out more and register for all transition webinars here

 

New Guidance

Using the UKNI marking from 1 January 2021: The UKNI marking is a new conformity marking for products placed on the market in Northern Ireland which have undergone mandatory third-party conformity assessment by a body based in the UK. To find out if you need to use it, and if so, how, click here

 

Updated Guidance

Applying for grants if your business completes customs declarations for funding for recruitment, training and IT improvements: Information has been added about General Block Exemption Regulations (GBER). Click here for more information. 

There is added guidance on the documents you will need to transport live animals with regards to exporting or moving live animals and animal products to the EU from 1 January 2021 and importing animals, animal products and high-risk food and feed not of animal origin from 1 January 2021. 

ECMT international road haulage permits: The guidance now includes a direct link to the service to apply for ECMT permits for 2021. The deadline to apply is 11:59pm on 20 November 2020. 

Accounting for VAT on goods and services provided by registered health professionals: Updated guidance on the zero rate of VAT for the supply of PPE equipment reverting to the standard rate of VAT from 1 November 2020.