When the UK-EU transition period ends on 31 December 2020, there will be significant changes to the way rural businesses will trade.
The CLA Brexit Hub sets out what these rule changes will be and what businesses will need to do to be “Brexit ready”.
All the changes and guidance discussed on this page relate to both England and Wales.
Latest update: week commencing 23 November
- Animals and Animal Products
- Plants and plant products
- Food and Feed
- Export and import rules and processes
- Brexit news
The end of transition will change the way producers and traders will engage with the European Union. With the EU being the UK’s largest agrifood market, these briefing notes set out the new rules relating to how to import and export, the trade in horses and other equines and the new rules regarding poultry and eggs.
When exporting animals and animal products from Great Britain to the EU from 2 January 2021, traders will require an Export Health Certificate (EHC). Traders can now register for the online service now.
The EHC service can be used to:
For more information and see how to register, click here.
From 1 January 2021, exporters and their suppliers will be able to make use of the Groupage Export Facilitation Scheme (GEFS) to trade multiple products within one shipment. The idea is to ensure the continuation of trade without significant delays. This briefing note sets out the main details of the GEFS, which products can be exported, how to be a member of the GEFS and what type of inspections will take place.
There will be changes in the way arable and other cultivated products are traded in the UK and the EU. These briefing notes set out the new rules on to how to import and export arable products, the changes that will be made in the horticulture sector and the new rules regarding wood and timber products.
When the transition period ends on 31 December with the EU, there will be a series of significant changes for organic producers, particularly those that export organic food and feed to the EU. This briefing note sets out those changes as well as the implications for organic businesses.
As the UK formally ends the transition with the EU, there will be substantial changes to the UK’s system of protected names, the way the organic sector will operate and changes to how products are labelled in the future. These briefing notes set out what businesses need to be aware of and the changes that come into force on 1 January 2021.
There are a number of UK food products that have benefitted from the EU’s protected names scheme for geographic indications. Examples include Melton Mowbray pork pies and Welsh lamb. However, with the end of the transition period the UK is to introduce its own geographic indications scheme. This briefing note sets out the position for those products already registered in the EU and how new products can be registered in the UK.
With the end of the transition period between the UK and the EU on 31 December 2020, the process through which UK exporters trade with the EU will significantly change. Even in the event of a deal with the EU, substantial change is about to take place because the UK is leaving the EU Single Market and the Common Customs Union. This briefing note sets out those changes and highlights areas members will need to be aware.
With the UK no longer being part of the EU Single Market and the Common Customs Union, there will be changes in terms of labour availability and customs declarations for goods entering the UK border. These briefing notes outline these changes to ensure that business can become “Brexit ready”.
The impact and extent of the UK Global Tariff very much depends on whether there is a trade deal between the UK and EU at the end of the transition period. If there is no deal, the UK Global Tariff will be placed on imports from the EU and non-EU countries (unless the UK has a trade agreement with a particular country) and the EU will impose tariffs on UK exports to the EU. This briefing outlines the UK Global Tariff and the rate of tariff importers will need to apply on imports after 31 December 2020.
The way exporters trade with the EU will change from 1 January 2021. This includes the need for the correct documentation. This briefing note sets out how to apply for an Export Health Certificate when exporting animals and animal products to EU and non-EU countries and can be downloaded here.
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CLA press releases
- Lamb sector under threat in event of no deal, CLA warns (October 6th, 2020)
- CLA responds to EU trade talks (June 5, 2020)
- CLA responds to Prime Minister’s Speech on Trade (February 3, 2020)
- Letter to Prime Minister on trade and standards backed by CLA (January 27, 2020)
CLA in the News
- NATIONAL CLA President Mark Bridgeman explains why the lamb industry could face problems post-Brexit. Listen in from 33 mins. (Chopper's Politics - Daily Telegraph, October 23 2020)
- UK food standards: why No 10's lack of commitment is making farmers furious (The Guardian, October 17 2020)
- Boris Johnson throws down ‘no deal’ gauntlet to EU (Financial Times, October 16 2020)
- Up to 2m UK lambs may 'go to waste' under no-deal Brexit (Guardian, October 6 2020)
- UK and EU close to breakthrough on benefits as Brexit talks resume in London (Daily Telegraph, October 6 2020)
- Brexit LIVE: 'Big progress' in EU talks after 'positive' meetings - agreement in sight (Daily Express, October 6 2020)
- UK landowners warn of lamb surplus after no-deal Brexit (POLITICO, October 6 2020)
- Brexit Britain embarks on landmark Japan trade deal - Will 'go further' than EU-Tokyo pact (Daily Express June 9 2020)
- Brexit warning: 'Thousands' of farmers will go out of business without UK-EU trade deal (Daily Express, June 5 2020)
- Fears of no-deal in Brexit trade talks rise as another round of negotiations ends in acrimony (Independent June 5, 2020)
- Warning over no-deal's impact on lamb sector (Hexham Courant, October 25)
- CLA issues warning about impact of a no-deal on lamb sector (Darlington and Stockton Times, October 10 2020)
- CLA issues warning about impact of a no-deal on lamb sector (Northern Farmer, October 10 2020)
- Farmers will be like lambs to slaughter under no deal Brexit - Dorothy Fairburn (Yorkshire Post, October 12 2020)
- Ignore the rhetoric – a UK-EU trade deal may be closer than we think (Farmers Guardian, October 26 2020)
- PM says UK preparing to leave EU with no deal after negotiations stall (Farmers Guardian, October 16 2020)
- Threats to UK lamb and sugar as Brexit deadline approaches (Farmers Guardian, October 11 2020)
- Millions of lambs 'may go to waste' after no-deal Brexit (Farming UK, October 7 2020)
- Two million UK lambs may ‘go to waste’ under no-deal Brexit (Business Matters, October 7 2020)
- EU farm groups call for temporary arrangements to protect trade as Brexit talks stall (Farmers Guardian, June 9 2020)
- Farm leaders concerned over ‘lack of progress’ on Brexit deal (Farmers Weekly, June 8 2020)
- Farmers 'greatly concerned' at UK-EU trade talk progress (Farming UK, June 8 2020)