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BREXIT Checklist 2019

The UK’s impending departure from the European Union will bring change for businesses of every size and sector.

62% of UK businesses aren't preparing for Brexit. The BCC has created a checklist to help firms consider the changes that Brexit may bring to their firm and to help them plan.

Enterprise Europe Network Profiles - International Partners Wanted

The Enterprise Europe Network is a project delivered and supported by two economic development agencies of Scotland, Scottish Enterprise and Highland Council and are one of the delivery partners involved in the Local Export Partnership for the Highlands and Islands region. Enterprise Europe Network offers support and advice to businesses across Europe, with their services being specifically designed for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), although all businesses are able to access this support.

The network enables business to search for partners to manufacture, distribute co-develop and supply their products, ideas and business. Below is a selection of profiles where businesses are searching for international partners. 


Finnish jewellery designer is looking for European custom jewellery manufacturers for stainless steel jewellery to conclude manufacturing agreement

A Czech company is searching for subcontractors from the field waste water and water treatment and energy

Romanian distributor of heating solutions seeks manufacturers to conclude distribution services agreements

 German mechanical engineering company is looking for supplies and offers subcontracting agreements

Dutch insurance and finance company is interested in new possibilities to increase email penetration in order to have more frequent and valuable digital contact with their customers

Ukrainian company dedicated to the distribution of products to the supermarket chains is looking for European companies and food producers interested in entering the Ukrainian market

Dutch software developer is looking for partners interested in joint development of a digital standard for transferring data from cash registers to accountancy software

French supermarket located in the centre of France is specialized in the sale of food (grocery, meat, delicatessen, cheese, fish, fruit and vegetables). So as to diversify its range of products it is looking for manufacturers of new products.

Baby Products Wanted
A Taiwanese importer is looking for infant product suppliers or exporters from Europe and the United States. The ideal partner shall cooperate with them to import various infant products depending on the requests. The Taiwanese SME also hopes to find a new partner who can supply the company with plastic hopping horses suitable for children’s playgrounds. The cooperation is expected to concluded a distribution services agreement.


For more information, please see the Enterprise Europe Network website: 

Imports and Exports

Imports and exports

What will be the significant changes caused by the UK leaving the EU?

Imports and exports refer only to supplies of goods outside of the UK, and currently, outside of the EU. The major change is that goods moved to and from the EU will be treated as imports and exports. Thus, all the duty and VAT rules that apply to imports (or exports) will apply to goods moving in and out of the EU — see below for supplies of services.

Will duty rates change?

Currently, the EU sets duty rates charged on imports. When the UK leaves the EU, it can set its own duty rates. Duty rates may not move markedly in the short term. If rates are increased, it is possible that other countries will increase the duties charged to the UK.

Will duty rates charged by other countries on UK exports change?

Again, these may not change significantly in the short term. Rates will be subject to trade negotiations. As the EU has had responsibility for trade negotiations the UK has few, if any, trade negotiations. This may make it difficult for the UK in the early years to come to trade agreements (particularly free-trade agreements) with other countries.

Will valuation rules, duty reliefs and suspension regimes change?

It is not expected that there will be significant changes to these. Some rules, such as valuation rules, are determined by the World Trade Organization and are independent of the EU.

Will the import document C88 still be used for imports?

The C88, Single Administrative Document, is an EU document that is used for imports into all EU countries. A replacement form will be necessary, although there is no reason why this should not be very similar if not identical to the current import document. It is not expected that import procedures will change significantly, but some may be necessary.

EU supplies of goods

What duty rate will apply to supplies of goods to and from the EU?

Currently, no duty is charged on the supply of goods to or from the EU. It is not known what duties, if any, will be applied. This will be one of the major areas of negotiation between the EU and the UK. Options include, no duties being applied, using the current duty rates that the EU applies to third party countries, or some other variation. Undoubtedly, many will be hoping for no duty to be applied, but others may want duties to be applied to protect UK industries (or in the EU to protect EU industries).

Will it be necessary to complete Intrastats forms after Brexit?

Intrastats are used to gather information about the transfer of goods between the EU Member States. As the UK will no longer be in the EU, there will no longer be any need for Intrastats. The information that was gathered by these forms will be collected using the replacement import and export documents (the forms that will replace the C88 forms used for imports and exports currently).

Will the triangulation facility for supplies to third-party customers still be available?

Triangulation is an administrative easement to allow the single market to operate where goods are supplied to one customer in another Member State, but are immediately supplied to another customer in another Member State. Without this easement it would be required to register for VAT in the Member State of the first customer. Triangulation is not available to businesses that are not established in the EU. It is assumed that following exit from the EU, the UK supplier will be required to register in each country where supplies are made. This could cause a significant increase in administrative burdens. It will not impact businesses that sell goods into the EU and the customer takes possession of the goods. It will only be an issue where goods are sold on to another customer, or goods are diverted from a previous sale to a second customer.