Tue, January 5th, 2021

The UK-EU Trade Deal was agreed on Christmas Eve. New rules apply to doing...

The UK-EU Trade Deal was agreed on Christmas Eve. New rules apply to doing business with Europe.

Exporters guidance is being updated on a daily basis . The main sites are listed below, also the main government helplines. Local Chambers of Commerce can signpost you an update you on the latest Origin and documentation procedures.

Main sites to check new rules for international trade:

Introduction to importing and exporting using preference.

List of countries agreements have been made with including links to the agreements. UK-EUR1’s will be used for all the treaties rolled over except for Japan and

Rules of Origin guidance -

The origin of goods being exported to the EU will be done by self-certification via a declaration on the invoice which must include a UK EORI number. For exports from the EU to the UK, EU exporters will use the REX system. This will also be used for goods entering Northern Ireland. The origin declaration will be similar to the UK-Japan agreement.

For Turkey exporters will be able to self-certify using an invoice declaration as long as they have a UK EORI number

Guidance on claiming preferential rates of duty

Guidance on temporary importing/exporting

Guidance for declaring goods for Northern Ireland using CHIEF

Contact HMRC for clarification on the guidance by email, chat or telephone via the links below:

General enquiries –import or export
Webchat or telephone number 0300 322 94 34
Postal enquiry to HMRC, include your VAT registration number and address –
CITEX Written Enquiry Team
Local Compliance S000
NE98 1ZZ
United Kingdom

DIT ongoing support:

We can put you in touch with International Trade Advisors who can provide advice and support. Currently there are 3 main supporting schemes for companies, to summarise:

  1. ERDF-funded export workshops
  2. ESIF Internationalisation Fund – match funding grants up to £9K
  3. Export Academy – online learning modules for smaller SMEs

The Government Transition site continues to be the main source of information and there is an enquiry service via

Now that we know the future trading landscape British Chambers will be on hand to support & work with businesses during 2021.

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