9th September 2019
Issued by Defra-Agri Food Chain Engagement
The UK will be leaving the EU on 31st October. It’s important that you are aware of and understand what changes could affect the day-to-day running of business operations. Agri-Food businesses should ensure that they are prepared for EU Exit and visit for guidance. Specific guidance for the food and drink sector is available, including advice for importers and exporters of animal products, and advice about food labelling, tariffs, data protection and more. It also includes advice for employers. As a Defra stakeholder, the Agri-Food Chain Stakeholder Engagement Team would like to share this information with you, and highlight new guidance from this week. Please find this information below.
1. Immigration arrangements for EU citizens arriving after the 31st October (published 5th September)
You may have seen on Wednesday that the Government announced the immigration arrangements that will apply to EU citizens and their family members who are moving to the UK after Brexit on 31 October 2019, in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal. The news story is available here.
2. Exporting goods to the EU and beyond: Process maps (published 6th September)
To help you understand what you need to do to carry on exporting if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, we are preparing a series of process maps. Each map will set out the key steps that you need to follow in order to ensure your export goes successfully. The first map will be published on GOV.UK shortly and a pdf can be downloaded for your reference.
3. French customs guidance
If the UK leaves the EU with no deal, customs formalities and controls at the border between France and the UK will be reinstated for goods. Both imports and exports will be subjected to two customs declarations, one to British Customs and one to French Customs. Details of the guidance issued by the French authorities can be found here.
4. Food labelling
The food labelling awareness campaign has relaunched to remind businesses to make changes to their product labels to be ready for Brexit. Visit @DefraGovUK on twitter to watch and retweet a video message from our Head of Labelling policy. Guidance about food labelling changes can be found here.
- You must include an EU address for the food business operator (FBO) or EU importer on pre-packed food.
- Health and ID mark prefixes used to label UK products of animal origin must carry either: the official two-digit ISO Code (‘GB’) or the full country name in capital letters (‘UNITED KINGDOM’).
- It will be inaccurate to label UK food as origin ‘EU’.
5. The way we trade with the EU and other countries
The UK benefits from trade agreements with other countries through membership of the EU. When we leave the EU some of these agreements won’t apply. Be ready and prepare your business with these steps:
6. Comply with new data requirements
When the UK leaves, certain data requirements will change for organisations which operate within the EU. Further information on these changes can be found here:
For the most up-to-date guidance, please continue to check GOV.UK. We will continue to share any updated guidance as a priority. As a reminder, there are still changes that will affect: