Food and Drink
- Food and drink trade with the EU is subject to new rules following the end of the transition period.
Supermarkets, convenience stores, restaurants, market traders, hotels, wholesalers, canteens.
How we buy and sell products, and hire staff from the EU changed after the transition period ended. Businesses are advised to consider their route to market and look at what it means for their margins when they export and import to and from European countries on different terms, and when costs of recruitment will rise.
- EU nationals currently in the UK can apply for (pre-)settled status under the Settlement Scheme.
- Since 1 January 2021, EU staff that come to the UK to work will need to apply under the points-based immigration system, and businesses have to sponsor applicants they want to recruit.
- Import and export of food products are subject to customs controls and may attract tariffs.
- Importers and exporters have to demonstrate compliance with food safety rules at the border.
- Export of live animals, fresh or processed animal products such as honey, gelatine, lard, blood, meat, poultry, fish, crustaceans and dairy, require an Export Health Certificate (EHC). These products will need to pass through checks at dedicated Border Inspection Posts (BIPs). However, this is not the case for small consignments sent by post to individual consumers.
- Import and export of fresh or processed non-animal products such as fruit, vegetables, and plants used as food, may also experience additional legislation and sometimes checks.
- Support and encourage current EU staff to apply for pre-Settled Status or Settled Status under the EU Settlement Scheme to ensure that they maintain their right to work. Check out the EU Settlement Scheme Employer Toolkit.
- Read about the details of the new points-based immigration system.
- Read the general guidance for the food and drink sector.
- Find out about changes to exporting goods to EU countries.
- Find out about changes to importing goods from EU countries.
- Call the UK Export/Import helpline for support: 0300 3301 331.
- Understand changes to your VAT obligations and read specific guidance on VAT on goods.
- You may also want to read the Readiness Notices on EU food law, organic food, mineral waters, GMOs, animal feed and plant products.
- Check the ICO website on complying with GDPR.
Employing and managing staff
Useful resources to help businesses understand the implications of leaving the EU on employing and managing staff include:
- Home Office guidance for EU, EEA and Swiss frontier workers who want to continue working in the UK
- The EU Settlement Scheme enables EU,EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members who lived in the UK before the end of the transition period to continue to live, work and study in the UK.
Go to the Government’s checker tool and the EU Readiness Notices for more information on the impact of EU exit and the food and drink sector.
The EU–UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement lays down the final conditions for UK-EU trade in food and drink.
Support from London Business Hub
Specialist programmes and support from London Business Hub.
Changes to Right to Work Checks
Prepare for changes to right to work checks.
Employing UK Staff in the EU
Advice on employing UK nationals that work in the EU after the transition period.