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Brexit Information

Brexit Helplines for Business

Browse this directory of helplines offering support and advice to businesses experiencing issues operating after Brexit.

8 September 2021

Guidance and Support for Your Business

Take a look at Scottish Enterprise's Operate after Brexit guidance for information on the changing requirements for dealing with the EU and the processes you need to have in place to continue your relationship with member states.

Click here for more.

30 August 2021

EU Citizens Staying in Scotland - Advice for Employers and Landlords

Guidance and a toolkit for EU citizens who wish to stay in Scotland, as well as specific advice for their employers and landlords on their legal obligations and EU citizens’ rights (updated 24 August 2021).

Click here to find out more.

25 August 2021

Businesses Given More Time to Apply New Product Safety Marking

Government confirms businesses will have an extra year to start using the new product safety marking - the UKCA marking (updated November 2021).

Click here to learn more.

18 August 2021

Trade with Northern Ireland

Since the Northern Ireland Protocol came into effect on 1 January 2021, there have been changes to the way goods move between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Click here for more details.

22 July 2021

Technical Webinars: for Organisations that Trade with the EU

The Cabinet Office has set up bespoke webinars that address issues that have arisen across the different trading routes as the new rules have come into force.

For more details see here

15 July 2021

Exportation Guidance

The Scottish Government have issued guidance on importing and exporting, travelling to the EU, providing services to the EU, transport goods to the EU and exchanging data with EU businesses.

For more information check here

30th June 2021

Trade and Customs: 2021-22 Timeline

It's vital for businesses to ensure they are up to date with changing rules and regulations surrounding their business operations. Key dates for companies to note in 2022 are listed in this timeline.

Click here to find out more.

Export Support Organisations

Need support with exporting regulations and logistics? In addition to Scotland’s enterprise and skills agencies, other public and private sector organisations can help. Save time and resources with this handy guide. Browse by topic and type of support.

Click here to learn more.

17 June 2021

Free Business Support Webinars

Sign up through Business Gateway for free Webinars on topics that include HR essentials, Health and Wellbeing strategies, Remote and Flexible working.

For more details and to sign up see here

10 June 2021

List of Customs Training Providers

Find online and face to face training courses from the HM Revenue & Customs UK which will help you submit customs declarations.

For more details see here

20 May 2021

New Laws to Ensure the UK has the Skills Needed

Professional Qualifications Bill introduced to the UK Parliament is ensuring skilled professionals from around the world will have their qualifications recognised in the UK and are able to work, trade and do business.

For more information click here

06 May 2021

Trade and Customs Timeline

Key dates from Scottish Enterprise have been updated to help you stay on-top of the ongoing Brexit trade developments, with March and April updates still available in case you missed anything.

To check the updates see here

29 April 2021

Trade and Customs: 2022 Timeline

Key dates for companies to note in 2022 have been noted by Business Gateway, surrounding business operations.

To see the relevant dates and keep on top of recent updates, check here

Export and Finance Risk

Guidance on payment information on export and finance risk by Scottish Enterprise to help you understand the risks involved.

For more details see here

UK Export Finance

UK Export Finance is a Government based service available for UK companies of all sizes and can assist with some of the impact of Brexit with advice on export finance and insurance.

For more information click here

Financial Support

Support is available from Scottish Enterprise to help you adapt to the risks and costs that have been incurred to businesses since leaving the EU.

See here for more information

Skills, People, and the Workforce

Guidance for employers on the systems in place for recruiting staff from outside the UK has been updated by Scottish Enterprise.

Check here for more details

Helplines for Business

A directory of helplines offering support and advice has been set up by Scottish Enterprise, to help businesses who have issues operating after Brexit.

See here for more information

25 March 2021

Trade with Northern Ireland

Scottish Enterprise has updated the rules for new trading with Northern Ireland and the actions needed.

For more details see here

15 March 2021

Conformity Assessment Process and Labelling

Product marketing and labelling regulations have changed. For example, goods placed on the GB market will need to hold a new UK conformity Assessment (UKCA) and goods on the Northern Ireland market will require both UKNI and CE marketing.

28 January 2021

Rules of Origin: Check your goods comply to trade tariff-free with the EU

The Rules of Origin determines the ‘economic nationality’ of a good for international trade, based upon where the product was manufactured. Businesses need to understand the Rules of Origin because the Trade and Cooperation Agreement means they can trade with the EU without paying tariffs – but only if their product meets the relevant Rules of Origin.

To export tariff-free into the EU traders must have the right documentation, and check that their goods meet the Rules of Origin requirements set out in the Trade and Cooperation Agreement.

To check the requirements for your goods and to find out more about the support available, the UK Government encourages you to:

  • Check the TCA legal text to see which rules apply to your goods (Chapter 2 as well as Annexes ORIG-1 to ORIG-4 will be most useful).

Construction Law Update

Hawkswell Kilvington have published a useful article on ‘The Brexit Trade Deal and its Impact on the Construction Industry’. The article looks at:

  • Movement of goods
  • Standards of materials
  • Labour and services
  • Public procurement
  • Data protection

Read it here

25 January 2021

UK-EU Free Trade Agreement – 10 Key Things to Know

The Institute of Export & International trade have issued a summary of some of the key details from the UK-EU trade Deal.

To see the 10 key things to know click here.

19 January 2021

New Rules for Businesses now the Brexit Transition Period is Over

The checker tool on is available to give you a personalised list of actions that you need to take now, or for any other questions contact the business support helplines. There is also guidance on moving goods into, out of, or through Northern Ireland.

15 January 2021

NI business have issued guidelines for understanding your tax return, self-assessment, and business records

To access the videos and tools and see the deadlines click here

Tariffs on Imported Goods

The UK Global Tariff covers all goods imported into the UK. An exemption applies, unless you are importing from a country who has a trade agreement with the UK or the goods are covered by the Generalised Scheme of Preferences.

Check here to see exemptions.

8 January 2021

Applying for authorisation for the UK Trader Scheme bringing goods into NI

Gov.UK have issued Brexit instructions on how to become authorised for liability when transporting goods from Northern Ireland to Great Britain.

Guidelines on Custom duty, when to apply, who can apply and what you will need to be compliance can be found here.

UK–EU Free trade agreement

The institute of Exports has issued a 10-key guide to the UK-EU free trade agreement, this includes advice on continuity for hauliers, new customs advice, and services.

For more information check here.

Driving Abroad and Motor Insurance following Brexit

In the scenario where travel is not included in any trade agreement, after 31 December 2020, UK motorists driving all classes of vehicles, both privately owned and those within a company's fleet, will need to carry a Green Card as proof of third-party motor insurance cover.

Read more

2 December 2020

Trader support service/Trade with Northern Ireland

There will be changes to the way goods move between Great Britain and Northern Ireland when the Northern Ireland Protocol comes into effect on 1 January 2021. 

To help with this, you can sign up for the free Trader Support Service. This service will guide you through changes to the way goods move between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and how you bring goods into Northern Ireland from outside the UK. The service can also complete declarations on your behalf. 

When the Northern Ireland Protocol comes into effect on 1 January 2021, the Customs Declaration Service will be used for declarations on the movements of goods to or from Northern Ireland, including goods from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. 

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