The UK Transition period will end on 1 January 2021.  Businesses need to ensure they are prepared for the end of the transition period.

Please read below the top 10 Actions for SMEs:

  1. Make sure you have a GB EORI number.  If you do not yet have one, you can register for free by going to
  2. Decide how you’re going to make customs declarations.  For more information, go to
  3. Decide how you will account for import VAT when you make a customs declaration. For more information, go to
  4. Follow NI specific rules for trading between GB and Northern Ireland. More information is available at and
  5. Be prepared on data protection and data transfers. To understand more about the steps you need to take, visit A full list of EU and EEA countries is available at
  6. Signpost your current employees to the EU Settlement Scheme. Find out more at
  7. Comply with the new immigration policies for recruiting from overseas. To find out more about the new system, including how to register as a sponsor, visit
  8. Check if a visa or work permit is required to travel to the EU for work purposes and apply if necessary. For more information, visit
  9. Get your professional qualifications recognised now by EU regulators to be able to practise or service clients in the EU. For more information, visit
  10. Business should consider whether changes to the framework for the exhaustion of IP rights will impact their business. They may want to seek legal advice to inform their assessment. More information is available at

Why not visit the Business Wales EU Transition Portal which provides important advice and guidance for businesses preparing for European transition.


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