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BREXIT UPDATE - SENDING GOODS TO THE UK AND SERVICES OVERSEAS

In response to some questions that have been raised recently, BEIS have provided some responses around the general topics of sending goods to the UK and providing services, including those linked to supplying capital goods, to EU and EFTA countries after the end of the transition period.

Guidance to EU traders sending goods to the UK:  This section is for EU businesses not established in the UK, so that they can check what they need to do differently to move goods and services into or out of the UK from 1 January 2021.  However, the guidance may also be of help to companies who are already importing goods from the EU as a check that all the new requirements are in place – see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/get-your-eu-business-ready-from-1-january-2021.

Providing services overseas:  While the EU and the UK have agreed to visa free travel for 90 in every 180 days, the UK continues to seek an FTA that includes both provision of services linked to capital equipment sales, as well as, separately, “Mode 4” services (A foreign national providing a service within a country as an independent supplier or employee of a service supplier).  If an FTA is not secured those providing services will need to check the country specific rules.  Go to https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/providing-services-to-eea-and-efta-countries-after-eu-exit for the country specific rules.

Arrangements at the EU side of the border post  December 2020:  Annex A and B to the Border Operating Model (page 209) includes details of exporter and importer requirements at EU borders and systems in place – these will vary between different member states.  You can get the document at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-border-operating-model.  The simplified process flowcharts for importing and exporting post December 2020 are available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-import-and-export-goods-between-great-britain-and-the-eu-from-1-january-2021.