Brexit Information

15 January 2021

Support for Export and Customs

Prepare for Brexit have updated their guidance on the latest rules for those in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

See here for the updates

Brexit helpline for Businesses

For general enquiries for Brexit queries click here

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

Sending parcels from Northern Ireland to Great Britain from 1 January 2021

To find out what you need to do as a business to move parcels from Northern Ireland and Great Britain, NI Business have given guidelines and advice.

See here for more information

14 January 2021

Tariffs on imported goods

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

Check here to see exemptions

8 January 2021

Brexit impact on the business sector 

New guidance has been issued for those working in the construction sector.

See for update information here

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

From 1 January 2021 Gov.UK have issued new 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

Support for export and customs documentation

With the expiration of the seven days grace for hauliers, it is even more critical that all documentation is in place to avoid disruption. Prepare for Brexit has issued more guidelines to keep you up to date.

See here

6 January 2021

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

Brexit Checklist

Prepare for Brexit has issued guidelines on the EU transition period which finished on 1 January 2021 and the new rules for businesses came into place. Action needs to be taken to ensure you and your company are compliant with the new rules. These impact on labour, tax, laws, regulations, supply chains and competition.

Guidelines can be found here  

4 December 2020

Public sector procurement

The way that the UK public sector advertise supply opportunities will change on 31 December 2020. Information on public sector contract opportunities will be published on the new Find a Tender Service.

Read more

3 December 2020

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

How will Brexit affect your supply chain?

The Scottish Government has published guidance on preparing your supply chain for Brexit.

Read it here

Hauliers handbook

Actions should be taken now to reduce transport logistics risk.

Read guidance here

27 November 2020


During the pandemic there has been some issues with the availability of products to meet demand. This has been due to manufacturers requiring to cease operations during the pandemic and more recently delays at ports. In the main, Members have managed to source plumbing and heating supplies without too much difficulty. However, we do not yet know the implications of Brexit on tariffs and exchange rates and COVID may continue to have implications for the supply chain for some time.

SNIPEF has met with John Newcomb, Chair of the Product Availability Group (PAG) which was set up earlier this year to work with merchants, manufacturers and housebuilders to identify where there were already or anticipated to be supply shortages and to attempt to resolve them.

There are currently 3 categories of product: electrical appliances, timber and roofing materials where issues with supply have been identified. At this point in time there appears to be no availability issues on core plumbing and heating problems with the exception of some imported sanitaryware.

PAG is recommending that those working in the sector and construction as a whole should forward plan and secure stock with merchants.

SNIPEF will maintain regular dialogue with PAG and we are asking that where Members do experience issues in obtaining products or where there are significant price increased, that they contact

25 November 2020

Data, IP and legal contracts

Do you know what actions your business needs to take from 1 January to ensure legal compliance around data protection and intellectual property? See Point 9 in the Brexit Checklist for what you need to do to comply.

Visit here

13 November 2020

Replacement for European Structural Funds

Plans for a Scottish replacement for European Structural Funds after EU exit have been published.

Read more

Free Brexit webinars

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is hosting free webinars to help you check the new rules and understand the actions to take. 

View them here

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. 

UK Transition: Stakeholder toolkit for business communications

The UK Government has prepared a UK Transition Toolkit which groups key messages and downloadable assets by business sector (and includes general business messaging). This is intended to support business advisors when engaging with businesses around readiness activities.

Read more here

27 October 2020

Brexit Readiness List

With Brexit looming, the UK Government has created a Brexit Readiness List to equip you with any upcoming changes which may affect your business, family and personal circumstances. All you have to do is answer a few questions to get a personalised list of actions.

Click here for your personalised list.

The Construction Leadership Council also has a useful dedicated news page for Brexit updates. View it here.

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