UKWA shares Government Update on EU Exit

February 26, 2019

UKWA has ensured that members’ interests are represented at various government steering and consultation groups and the Association is also able to share the latest updates from HM Government’s Border Delivery Group, to help members prepare for Brexit – whatever form that takes.

While the Prime Minister has made it clear that leaving the EU with a deal remains the Government’s top priority, plans are underway for every eventuality, including no deal.


New advice and guidance is available for the following areas:

  • Phased approach for Entry Summary Declarations

Plans include phasing in pre-arrival forms for EU imports, known as Entry Summary Declarations, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. The status quo will be maintained for a period of six months after March 29th before Entry Summary Declarations will be required.

Currently Entry Summary Declarations are not required when importing goods from the EU, however they will continue to apply for trade from the rest of the world.

This measure is designed to give businesses more time to prepare for changes to EU-UK trade arrangements and builds on the plans to use Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP) for at least 15 months for customs declarations.


  • Updated guidance on import VAT on parcels

HMRC have published updated guidance on import VAT on parcels you send to UK buyers. If you are based outside the UK and sell parcels to UK buyers worth £135 or less, you must pay import VAT. Parcels include letters, packages, packets and any other article that could be sent by post, even if they are sent by different methods. To do this, HMRC has launched a new digital registration service for overseas sellers.

You can go to GOV.UK for more information and to register for this service.

  • New guidance for food and drink sectors

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 29 March, there will be changes that affect the food and drink sector. Defra has released new guidance detailing the expected changes and how businesses can best prepare for them.

This latest guidance includes detail on importing and exporting goods, food labelling changes and data protection.


  • New guidance for the import and export of animals and animal products

New guidance has been published to ensure import and export trade in animals, animal products, fish, food and feed can continue if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. This guidance will help to minimise disruption for users and allow the continued movement of goods, while helping to maintain biosecurity, food safety and high standards of animal welfare.


  • Sector factsheets to prepare for EU Exit

Additional sector factsheets are available from GOV.UK to help prepare for a no deal EU Exit.