CLA Brexit hub

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

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Animals and Animal Products

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.

Traders urged to register now to export animals and animal products 

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:

  • apply for an export health certificate;
  • copy existing applications;
  • apply for blocks of certificates;
  • apply for multiple certificates in a single application;
  • see the status of your application.

For more information and see how to register, click here.

Groupage Export Facilitation Scheme for animal products

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.

Horses and other equines

Plant and plant products

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.

End of transition will mean major change for trading timber

Organic trade after transition

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.

Plant variety rights and marketing

Imports after transition: plants and plant products

Exports after transition: plants and plant products

Horticulture

Food and Feed

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.

Protected food names

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.

Defra updates rules on organic food and feed trade after transition

Exporting Animals and Animal Products

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.

Food labelling and composition: natural mineral water

Export and import rules and processes

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”.

UK-EU negotiations remain on knife-edge

New plans announced to speed up trade after transition

Documentation and Registration Requirements: What is needed and when it should be received

UK Global Tariffs

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.

EU chief negotiator in London as trade talks reach the final stretch

Haulage and transit

Export Health Certificates (EHC)

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.

Importers need to register and use IPAFFS – NOW!

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