Prepare your business for Brexit

Please read our information on how we are supporting residents and businesses, as well as information on affected services.


Leaving the EU means most UK businesses will see change to how they operate. There are now new arrangements and changes in law for trading with EU and non-EU countries.

Government's checker tool provides the best starting point for thinking about what you may need to do. You could also use the Chamber of Commerce Brexit Business Checklist.

Alternatively, you might consider finding information on the following issues: 

Priority actions

There are 9 immediate actions you can take:

1. Register for a UK Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number


2. Decide if you want to:

Customs intermediaries and traders completing customs declarations can now apply for grants to support training and IT.


3. Contact the organisation that moves your goods (for example, a haulage firm) to find out if you will need to supply additional information to them.  Make sure drivers understand the documents they need at the border.


4.  Make sure you are aware of the new import procedures.


5. Confirm if you need licences or certificates to bring your goods across the border.


6. Be aware of changes to the way you account for VAT on imports.


7. Check for updates on tariffs that apply to your goods, and consider using duty relief schemes.


8. Make sure you're prepared to allow any personal data flows from Europe to continue after EU exit


9. Signpost your European employees to the EU Settlement Scheme.

It is also recommended that you discuss preparations with customers and suppliers. Including responsibilities and Incoterms.  You must also tell your employees about changes to passport rules.

Getting support in Cornwall

Other guidance

The Chamber of Commerce collates a useful list of sector-specific guidance.

Further information or support is also available from:

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