The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Michael Gove MP, has written to businesses moving goods between the UK and the EU and between GB and NI, to help them prepare for the new trading relationship with the European Union following the end of the transition period.

The letter ties in with the Government’s recently launched Check, Change, Go campaign and highlights practical steps businesses need to take to prepare for the coming changes.

In it, Gove advises businesses to first of all join and seek advice from their local chamber of commerce. The importance of checking terms and planning for the future is also emphasised as well as reminding businesses of the available guidance and HMRC grant funding:

  • Speak to your local chamber of commerce, they are experienced in International trade and can help guide you
  • Register here for an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number, you need this to Import and Export
  • Check the terms of your existing contracts with your customers and suppliers
  • Plan how your business will deal with customs declarations
  • Appoint a customs broker/intermediary to make customs declarations on your behalf
  • Check if customs guarantees and simplified procedures will be helpful for your business and complete the application processes
  • Identify the staff that can be trained on customs and apply for HMRC grant funding
  • Use the guidance available at https://www.gov.uk/transition

The full letter can be viewed here.