UPDATED: Importing, Exporting and Transporting After Brexit

14 Mar 2019

In the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal, from 29th March 2019, UK businesses will need to apply the same procedures to EU trade that currently apply when trading with the rest of the world. A number of guidance documents and updates were published by the UK Government in recent weeks, many of which are provided in the form of summaries and links below.

You can find the full information at: https://www.gov.uk/topic/business-tax/import-export

Importing, exporting and transporting products or goods after Brexit, what your business needs to do now:
  • If you do not move your goods yourself, contact the organisation that moves your goods (for example, a haulage firm) to find out if they can make customs declarations for your goods, or if you will need to make them yourself.

The actions set out in this guidance do not apply to importing or exporting goods between Northern Ireland-Ireland.

  • Talk to your customers, suppliers and customs agents to understand your responsibilities within the supply chain.
Step by step guides

Two 'step-by-step' guides specific for importers and exporters were also published:

ECMT international road haulage permits

You might need European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT) permits to transport goods in the EU and European Economic Area from 29th March 2019 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. Further information on quotes, eligibility and fees are provided at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/ecmt-international-road-haulage-permits?utm_source=3e4b7fbd-10b2-48f5-99a3 d26cfadb6a63&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

Please note that you can no longer apply for ECMT permits for 2019 but you will be able to apply for permits for 2020 later in 2019. DVSA has already started to allocate ECMT permits for 2019 and there were only a limited number of permits available.

The UK government will seek an agreement with Ireland to allow continued access for Northern Ireland hauliers to Ireland without the need for ECMT permits. The UK government has stated it will not require Irish hauliers to have ECMT permits to operate in Northern Ireland.


With thanks to the Mineral Products Association for permitting publication of this information.