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Prepare for Brexit - exporting from the UK to the EU

Get your business ready to export from the UK to the EU after Brexit.

Follow these steps from the HMRC to make sure you are able to send goods from the UK to the EU after Brexit.

Step 1: Make sure your business has an EORI number that starts with GB.

You will need an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number starting with GB to continue exporting goods.

And check your importer has an EU EORI number - your importer will need an EU EORI number.

You will need to get an EU EORI number if you are exporting to your own business within the EU. You can get one from the customs authority in any EU country.

Step 2: Decide who will make the export declarations.

You can hire someone to deal with customs for you (or you can do it yourself).

And decide if you want to export your goods using transit.

You may be able to use the Common Transit Convention (CTC) to simplify how your goods pass through customs and when your importer pays customs duties.

Step 3: Check the rate of tax and duty for your goods.

Your importer will need to pay tax and duty on your goods after Brexit. This will depend on the classification of the goods.

Step 4: Check what you need to do for the type of goods you export.

There might be other things you need to do, depending on what you're exporting.

Step 5: Find out how changes to VAT will affect you.

Step 6: Decide who will transport your goods outside the UK.

You can hire someone to transport your goods, or you can do it yourself.

Step 7: Get help and support – contact for more information.

Further information

The HMRC is regularly publishing updates on key topics, including animal by-products, MHRA and trade agreements.

Visit to keep up to date and sign up to receive key updates.