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UK Exit from EU: Guidance and Resources

Following its departure from the EU on 31 January 2020 the UK is now in a transition period until the end of 2020, while the UK negotiates a free trade agreement with the EU, and also determines trade arrangements with the rest of the world.

The MIA is representing the motorsport industry, participating in relevant government and industry forums, and having direct channels of communication with key government departments such as the Department for International Trade and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

We will update the below page regularly with relevant updates and guidance on the UK's exit from the EU.

Raise your concerns through the MIA

The MIA is making the UK Government aware of specific issues concerning the motorsport and high performance engineering industry. Please tell us your concerns so that we can discuss these with Government on your behalf. Please do so by email to or call the MIA office on 02476 692600.

Use the below links to find information on these key areas






Preparing for EU Exit

The government has launched a straightforward checker tool at which will quickly identify the specific steps any business or individual needs to take to be ready, and will allow companies to sign up for bespoke updates. Taking these steps will equip businesses for when we exit the transition period.


The Home Office announces a new points-based immigration system from 1 January 2021

The UK Government is introducing a points-based immigration system from 2021. The new system will require those applying via the skilled worker route to accrue points by meeting a number of relevant criteria, such as having a job offer at the appropriate skill level, the ability to speak English and meeting the salary threshold. Further details have been published here. Please also see Employer guide for points-based immigration system.

  EU citizens resident in the UK by 31 December 2020 can still apply to settle in the UK through the EU Settlement Scheme until 30 June 2021.

Visiting Europe post-transition: This page tells you how to prepare if you’re planning on travelling to Europe from 1 January 2021 and will be updated for any changes.

Hiring from the EU:

Please see guidance here if you need to hire from the EU after 1st January 2021.


EORI Number

From 1 January 2021 you’ll need an EORI number to move goods between the UK and the EU. Apply for your EORI number in advance. It can take up to a week to get one.

If you already have an EORI number you’ll need one that starts with GB to move goods to or from the UK. Check your EORI number. Apply for a new one if yours does not start with GB. For more information on applying for an EORI click here.

Check this Blaser Mills Law article on EORI numbers post-Brexit: are EU prepared? here.

UK Government publishes new Border Operating Model

On 1 January 2021 the transition period with the European Union will end, and the United Kingdom will operate a full, external border as a sovereign nation. This means that controls will be placed on the movement of goods between Great Britain and the EU. To afford industry extra time to make necessary arrangements, the UK Government has taken the decision to introduce the new border controls in three stages up until 1 July 2021. You can view the border operating model here. 

To help businesses prepare for these changes and continue to trade guides on how to import and export goods are available in the form of a ‘journey’, so that you can clearly see every step you need to take to ensure that your goods are transported successfully

Import and Export licences and certificates from 1 January 2021

From 1 January 2021 you’ll need to get a licence or certificate to import or export some types of goods into the UK. You might also need to pay an inspection fee for some goods before they’re allowed into the UK. Find out more and check imports here and exports here.

Preparing to import goods from the EU to Great Britain from 1 January 2021

The process for importing goods from the EU will change. Businesses in Great Britain need to complete the actions listed here to continue importing from EU countries from 1 January 2021. A step-by-step guide on how to import goods from the EU from January 1 is available here. 

Preparing to export goods from Great Britain to the EU from 1 January 2021

The process for exporting goods to the EU will change. Businesses in Great Britain need to complete the actions listed here to continue exporting to EU countries from 1 January 2021. A step-by-step guide on how to export goods to the EU from January 1 is available here. 

Moving goods under the Northern Ireland Protocol

This guidance provides support for businesses engaging in new processes under the Northern Ireland protocol. The NI Trader Support Service has now gone live. This is a free service open to traders, intermediaries and carriers moving goods into and out of NI.

Apply for grants if your business completes customs declarations

Click here for information on funding available for for recruitment, training and IT improvements if your business completes customs declarations.

HMRC video guidance for business who are brand new to customs

UKCA Marking

The UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking is a new UK product marking that will be used for goods being placed on the market in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland). It covers most goods which previously required the CE marking. Find out more here.

Placing manufactured goods on the EU and GB market from 1 January 2021

New guidance on what you need to do to comply with regulations on manufactured goods you place on the EU market and on the GB market from 1 January 2021 has been published.

UK and Japan agree a free trade agreement

The UK has secured a free trade agreement with Japan which will increase trade with Japan by an estimated £15.2 billion. UK businesses will benefit from tariff-free trade on 99% of exports to Japan. More information here.

Letters to businesses about new trade arrangements with the EU from 1 January 2021

HMRC have written to businesses about the new trading arrangements when the UK leave the EU single market and customs Union. You can access a copy of the letter here

Trade with the UK from January 2021: prepare your EU business

If you run an EU-based business, you need to check the new rules and prepare for the changes so that you can continue trading with the UK from January 2021. Information is also available here in the following languages: Deutsch, Español, Français, Italiano, Polski.

Services trade with the EU: 

Please see guidance here for new rules on selling services to the EU after 1st January 2021.

Free Training from Institute of Export:

There is a new, free support service that HM Government is providing for traders involved in the movement of goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, to help them adapt to these new processes, free of charge. Please see guidance here.


Changes to international trade mark registrations after 1 January 2021

International trade mark registrations protected in the EU under the Madrid Protocol will no longer enjoy protection in the UK after 1 January 2021 - more information here.


Please see Government guidance and ICO guidance for using personal data in your business or other organisation after the transition period.


To support business preparations the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is hosting free live and recorded webinars to help you check the new rules and understand the actions to take.

  • See the full schedule and sign up to for live sessions here.
  • The live Automotive seminar took place on Wednesday 14 October.



As the end of the UK’s transition period fast approaches on 31 December, the CBI is working hard to help businesses prepare for the UK’s new trading relationship with the EU. The CBI have created a UK Transition Hub where you can access insights and tools to help you plan, from briefings and checklists through to timelines - all of which are based on the latest UK and EU guidance, and will be updated as new information is published