AIMS EU Transition Updates

November 26th 2020

New UK-wide advice on ear tags for livestock exporters  Click Here


From 1st January 2021, the rules for exports of cattle, sheep, goats and pigs to the EU will change. Exporters from Great Britain will need to ensure their animals are identified with the ISO country code, which is ‘GB’ for the UK. Under the Northern Ireland Protocol, movements from Great Britain to Northern Ireland will also need to meet these requirements.


The government has been working closely with the farming sector to prepare for these changes, and has published updated guidance* setting out the actions GB livestock exporters will need to take to get ready for 1st  January:


  • For animals which are already individually identified, apply a third (management) tag with the prefix GB followed by the animal’s individual number.


  • For new-born animals and lambs for export that are not yet individually identified, UK tags with a GB suffix could be applied.

*Export or move live animals and animal products to the EU from 1 January 2021  Click Here


What you need to do to export or move live animals, products of animal origin and animal by-products from 1st January 2021.


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November 25th 2020

Trading under WTO rules Click Here


The webpage has been updated with further information on how to trade with other countries from 1st January 2021, if there is no UK trade agreement.


Existing UK trade agreements with non-EU countries Click Here


The webpage shows full details for all non-EU countries which the UK now has trade agreements with. This includes the recent agreement in principle of the UK-Canada Trade Continuity Agreement.


Guidance to support businesses changing over to the new identification mark that applies from 1 January 2021, and using the new mark early Click Here


The FSA has published guidance to help UK approved establishments and other food businesses operators manage the changeover to the new identification mark that must be applied to products of animal origin (POAO), such as meat, egg products, fish, cheese and milk, after the end of the EU Transition Period at 11pm GMT on 31st December 2020. 


This guidance includes information about applying the new mark before the end of the Transition Period.


EU Exit Food Hub Click Here


The cross food and drink industry sector EU Exit Food Hub which AIMS has been part of has been updated. The site also now includes a search facility.


Flyer sent to businesses on how to prepare for new rules from 1 January 2021 Click Here

The flyer Click Here from the Business Secretary has been sent to businesses. The Food and Drink Business guide on the new rules from 1st January can be downloaded Here


It provides general advice on what businesses must do after the transition period ends on 31st December 2020. 


The flyer contain QR codes and URLs which direct readers to GOV.UK, where they can view the online transition checker, sector specific webinars and access further guidance.


NOTE: If you do not have access to a QR Code reader I have scanned the code. It will take you to the Brexit Transition page: Click Here where you can complete the ‘Make Sure You Are Ready’ checklist.


Webinars from The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

  • Business Travel and investing or establishing in the EU from January 2021 on demand, register here. This webinar will provide information on the actions you should take to prepare your business for new rules from January 2021 including:  

    • travelling for business  

    • owning, managing or directing a business in the EU   

  • HMRC Transition webinars: HMRC have launched multiple editions of this live webinar covering how to complete customs import declarations and explaining how to make import declarations when importing goods between the EU and Great Britain. Find a date and to register, click here.  

  • Department for International Trade webinars: DIT are hosting a series of webinars primarily aimed at businesses which are UK based who importing and exporting goods. To register for the next webinar on 3rd  December at 10:30 am, click here. Further sessions are scheduled to be held on 10th December and 17th December.  NOTE: AIMS have registered for this webinar and will report back to members in a future EU Transition Update.

  • Smart border webinar: The Direction Générale des Douanes et Droits Indirects (French customs) are hosting a webinar in English on 3rd December 2020 at 2:30pm on the smart border, the French Customs IT solution to keep trade flowing between the UK and France despite the establishment of customs clearance at the border. To register, click here.  NOTE: AIMS have registered for this webinar and will report back to members in a future EU Transition Update.

Visit the GOV.UK transition webinar page to find out more and register - Click Here


EU trade mark protection and comparable UK trade marks from 1 January 2021 Click Here


This webpage provides Guidance for businesses and organisations holding EU trade marks at the end of the transition period.


Address for service for intellectual property rights from 1 January 2021 Click Here


The rules governing address for service for intellectual property rights in the UK are changing and includes details for actions to be taken before the 1st January and actions to be taken on or after 1st January 2021.


Everyone at AIMS is here to support any members, please email if you have any questions.

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November 13th 2020

Completing customs import declarations Webinar


This HMRC webinar explains how to make import declarations to import goods between the EU and Great Britain, including simplified and supplementary declarations, as well as the key terminology and new processes.


These will run on:

Monday 16th November  12:45 to 1:45

Monday 16th November  3:45 to 4:45

Tuesday 17th November  2:15 to 3:15

Tuesday 17th November  3:45 to 4:45

Wednesday 18th November  11:15 to 12:15

Wednesday 18th November  3:45 to 4:45


To register: Click Here


EU citizens urged to take action during EU transition Click Here


The UK has left the EU, and is in the Transition Period which ends at the end of this year. The Withdrawal Agreement provides citizens with the certainty they need about their rights going forward.


For EU citizens living in the UK by 31st December 2020, that means they can continue to receive benefits on the same terms as they do now.


People need evidence they were living in the UK by 31st December 2020, and to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme in order to be covered by these provisions.


For those thinking of moving to the UK on or after 1st January 2021, the benefit rules will change.


The deadline for applying to the EU Settlement Scheme is 30th June 2021. To apply, visit the EU Settlement Scheme webpage Click Here


Leaving the EU: how to prepare for January 2021 Click Here


Brexit Resilience Checklist Click Here


Is your business Brexit ready and fit for the future?


Understanding your strengths and areas for development will help you to understand opportunities to improve your business resilience.

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November 9th 2020

Passport rules for travel to Europe from 1 January 2021 Click Here

Guidance has been added for UK nationals resident in an EU or EFTA country. Key within this is:


Check a passport for travel to Europe from 1 January 2021  Click Here

Use this on-line service Click Here to check if you need to renew your passport before travelling to Europe from 1 January 2021.


Visit Europe from 1 January 2021 Click Here

Guidance has been updated. Key with this is:


Business travel: extra requirements

As well as the actions all travellers need to take Click Here there are extra actions if you’re travelling to the EU for business.

Business travel includes activities such as travelling for meetings and conferences, providing services (even with a charity), and touring art or music.

1. Entry requirements

The country you’re travelling to might have its own entry requirements, or ask you to have certain documents.

Check the entry requirements for the country you’re visiting: Click Here


2. Professional qualifications

Check your qualifications will be recognised in the EU if you provide services like legal services: Click Here


3. Earning money in the EU

You might need to tell HMRC you’ll be working in the EU: Click Here

Check whether you’ll need to pay social security contributions in the country you’re working in: Click Here


4. Insurance

Check whether you need indemnity insurance for your employees: Click Here


5. Taking goods into the EU

Check you’ve got the right documentation to take goods to the EU: Click Here

PM call with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen: 7th November 2020 Click Here

The Prime Minister set out that, while some progress had been made in recent discussions, significant differences remain in a number of areas, including the so-called level playing field and fish.

The Prime Minister and President agreed that their negotiating teams would continue talks in London next week, beginning on Monday, in order to redouble efforts to reach a deal.

November 6th 2020

HMRC urges traders to act now to prepare for 1 January 2021 Click Here

With fewer than 70 days to go until the transition period with the EU ends, HMRC has sent 250,000 letters and emails to VAT-registered traders urging them to act now to avoid disruption to their business. See Below:


Letters to businesses about new trade arrangements with the EU from 1 January 2021 Click Here  (For Welsh Translation Click Here)

HMRC has published the latest letter (dated 5th November 2020) Click Here which has been sent to VAT-registered businesses in Great Britain trading with the EU and/or the rest of the world, highlighting actions they need to take to continue trading with the EU from 1st January 2021.


The key actions businesses must now take to continue trading with Europe from 1st January 2021 are:

  • Appoint a specialist to deal with import and export declarations. This is important regardless of the amount or value of trade your business does with Europe. Most businesses use a third party such as a freight forwarder or fast parcel operator to deal with this, and do not do their customs declarations themselves.

  • Check to see if you will be able to delay your declarations or duty payments.

  • Register for the free-to-use Trader Support Service if you plan on moving goods into Northern Ireland from 1st January 2021.

  • For more help and advice on preparing for the end of the transition period, please visit


Food and drink labelling changes from 1 January 2021 Click Here

The guidance document has been updated to give more detail to country of origin labels and food business operator (FBO) address sections.

Country of Origin Labels:

  • Food from GB must not be labelled as ‘origin EU’ from 1st January 2021.

  • Food from NI can continue to use ‘origin EU’. You should label food from NI as ‘UK(NI)’ or ‘United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)’ where EU law requires member state from 1st January 2021.

  • To read more about Country of Origin Food Labelling: Click Here


Food Business Operator (FBO) address section

  • Pre-packaged food or caseins sold in NI must include a NI or EU FBO address from 1st January 2021. If the FBO is not in NI or EU, include the address of your importer, based in NI or the EU.

  • You can continue to use an EU, GB or NI address for the FBO on pre-packaged food or caseins sold in GB until 30th September 2022.

  • From 1st October 2022, pre-packaged food or caseins sold in GB must include a UK address for the FBO. If the FBO is not in the UK, include the address of your importer, based in the UK.

Health and ID mark guidance

The latest health and identification mark guidance Click Here is available on the FSA’s website.


The FSA’s food hygiene policy team circulated draft FSA guidance on health and identifications marks setting out early application of health and identifications marks and the 21 month period of adjustment with meat industry stakeholders that sit on the FSA’s Partnership Working Group to gather their comments and views by 2 November. 


The food hygiene policy team is currently working through the feedback and will make sure it is available to industry and published as soon as possible.


EU harmonised certificates for export

The Animal and Plant Health Authority (APHA) are the competent authority for export health certificates for Product of Animal Origin (POAO) and uploaded specimen copies of the EU Export Health Certificate (EHC) to their EHC Form Finder webpage Click Here webpage last month.


Import health certificates

DEFRA have updated import health certificates for Products of Animal Origin (POAO) to make them operable for the end of the transition period. These will be published on the UK Government’s website but unfortunately we don’t have the links to these yet. I will share the links once they are published. 


The Food not of Animal Origin (FNAO) certificates were all retained by an imports EU Exit Statutory Instrument (SI) that was published some time ago. The certificate contained in Regulation (EU) 2019/1793 will also be retained and made operable by another SI that is being laid shortly. This will be published on the UK Government’s website, when available. I will share a link once its published. 


All import certificates, whether POAO or FNAO are available to use in the relevant import legislation currently. However, we have ensured that they are still operable after the transition period.


Contingency planning group

A Contingency Planning Group from across the FSA was established to scope out core issues and suggest mitigations for possible impacts on food safety after the transition period. These issues form cards in what is being termed a playbook. 


We are aware Defra are also developing a similar playbook for their remit. The high level/overarching themes the FSA have considered are: - 

  • Food safety issues associated with food chain disruption

  • Seasonality

  • Resourcing capacity 

  • Economic downturn. 


The Contingency Planning Group has now completed the playbook and a final draft will be provided to the relevant directorates within the FSA who may action the suggested mitigations if necessary.

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November 5th 2020

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has published new guidance on preparing for the end of the transition period if you work in consumer goods sector: 


For more information about the 13-point checklist to understand what you need to do before 1st January 2021, visit:


Consumer goods sector: end of transition period guidance Click Here

Here you find information and links for the consumer goods sector on preparing for the end of the transition period.


Please also use the Transition Self Checker Click Here (For Welsh Translation Click Here) to find areas where you may need additional information or support. 


  • AIMS Supplier Member – HCR Law ( will be running a Virtual event: We need to talk about Brexit – live Q&A on 19th November 2020 between 11.00am and 12.30pm


This will cover


  • A current update on Brexit and the transition

  • Our best guess at how businesses will be affected

  • Lessons learned on how businesses dealt with unpredictable change during the pandemic, and how you can apply these lessons to the change you’ll experience after the transition period ends.


You will also have the opportunity to:


  • Speak with the legal experts about your Brexit uncertainties

  • Group discussion with other business people.


To Book your place: Click Here


DON’T FORGET: EU Exit Food Hub


AIMS, along with several other trade associations and NDPBs have been working on a new web site, the EU Exit Food Hub. 


This site aims to provide a central source of information for agri-food businesses, drawn from official UK and EU guidance on what will happen when the “business as usual” transition period under the Withdrawal Agreement expires on 31st December 2020.


Content covers:


As you can imagine the position changes quite frequently in respect to EU Transition and the site will be updated regularly so please make regular visits to keep on top of the rules and guidance.


The site can be found here:

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