Coronavirus has dominated the news since it reared its head earlier this year. But don’t forget that there is a further call on our attention – Brexit.
Business clients that have any direct trade links with EU customers or suppliers are advised by the Government that from 1 January 2021 they will need to make customs declarations to move goods in and out of the EU.
Firms affected are further advised to:
- Obtain an EORI number – this is an essential item as without this number you may incur additional costs and delays.
- Decide if you need to appoint an agent to make the necessary declarations for you.
Other matters that may affect you on a more personal basis from January 2021 are:
To continue living and working in the EU:
You may need to register or apply for residency. You will also need to check that you are covered for healthcare and if you need to exchange your UK driving license for a license issued by the country you are living in.
Staying in the UK if you are and EU citizen:
Check if you need to apply to the settlement scheme if you or your family are from the EU, or from Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein.
Travelling to the EU:
From 1 January 2021 you will need to add the following to your check list before you travel to the EU:
- check your passport
- get travel insurance that covers your healthcare
- check you have the right driving documents
- organise pet travel – contact your vet at least 4 months before you go
At least Brexit will provide a distraction from the coronavirus disruption. However, businesses who have direct trade links with the EU should review their options and over-complicating the transition process at the end of the year is something none of us need at this point in time.