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BREXIT: Further customs and VAT guidance published by UK Government

Published on: 19 November 2020

British Marine is sharing the latest updates on the actions businesses and individuals need to take to be ready for the end of the transition period.

Earlier this week the UK’s Chief Brexit negotiator, David Frost, travelled to Brussels for another round of Brexit negotiations with the EU. In a series of social media posts, he confirmed that whilst both sides did have common draft treaty texts: “significant elements are of course not yet agreed.” 
The two sides are still struggling to reach agreement over areas such as fisheries and level playing field arrangements.
Environment Secretary George Eustice said the coming week was: “a week when things need to move. Both sides recognise that time is very, very short. There does come a point frankly where businesses need to know what they are preparing for.
The comments from the UK’s Chief Brexit negotiator and Environment Secretary coincide with the publication of further advice and guidance. 
Placing manufactured goods on the market: 

  • Northern Ireland from 1 January 2021: Guidance has been issued detailing what you need to do to comply with regulations on manufactured goods you place on the Northern Ireland market from 1 January 2021.  
  • Great Britain from 1 January 2021: Guidance has been updated to include information about placing qualifying goods on the market in Great Britain from Northern Ireland. 

Further information can be found on the British Marine Brexit microsite. There is different guidance if you are placing manufactured goods on the EU Market from 1 January 2021. 

New publications:

Further guidance has now been published which sets out what declarations need to be made for goods you bring or receive into the UK from 1 January 2021. 

British Marine understands that in addition to new guidance on customs, the UK Government has shared guidance on the use of personal data after the transition period. The Business Secretary Alok Sharma has published a message to businesses about the changing intellectual property rules too. This advises businesses to carefully consider where they disclose their designs and review IP protection in parallel markets. 

More information can be found on the British Marine website.  

VAT refunds:

  • British Marine understands that clarification has been provided on the issue of VAT refunds from EU countries from 1 January 2021. Further information can be found on our website. 

With less than 50 days to go until the end of the transition period, our members can keep up to date with the changes by registering for webinars from the UK Government and British Marine. For further information on this article and our webinars, please visit our Brexit microsite. Members can also email Brexit related enquiries to