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Brexit and exporting

The UK Brexit transition period ended on 31 December 2020. New rules apply from 1 January 2021. This page brings together guidance and news from ICAEW, as well as externally-produced resources providing practical information on export planning and international trade.

Need to know

Latest news and insights

Tax news in brief

16 December 2020: Highlights from the broader tax news this week includes: support from HMRC on withdrawal of VAT retail export and airside tax-free shopping scheme; the opening of an online portal for businesses using postponed VAT accounting to download statements; and data on how the enhanced CEST tool has been used in its first 12 months.

Guides and FAQs

UK trade agreements

The UK has negotiated agreements with its international trading partners, including the EU and Japan, that set out the rules on trade. This page brings together guidance and resources from the UK government, the EU and other useful sources on the new EU-UK treaty and trade agreements with non-EU countries.

Export finance

Use our selection of books, guides, useful links, books and articles to find more information on export finance.

Trading models after Brexit

ICAEW guide intended to help you understand how Brexit might impact on trade between the UK and the EU and the rest of the world. Our guide is aimed at ICAEW members in exporting or importing businesses or advisors to those businesses.


Taking the financial risk out of exporting

Join this webinar to hear more about export financing and the options available for SME businesses. In this practical webinar we will look at the types of products and support on offer from financial institutions. We will look at the first steps you should take, how a typical application works and current support available from government.

An exporters guide to Brexit

This webinar, in partnership with MHA MacInytre Hudson, explores export supply chain scenarios and highlights areas that UK businesses must consider as part of their Brexit planning to avoid unnecessary delays or compliance failures. It covers INCOTERMS for reviewing contracts, options for minimising customs duties, and labelling requirements.

External resources

Exporting: Actions you need to take now

HMRC webinar explaining what businesses need to do to export goods from Great Britain to the EU and move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It covers key export processes – staged border controls, zero-rated VAT, customs declaration, using an intermediary, licences, certificates and authorisations.

Find an export market

Advice on how to research and understand export markets; visit markets to carry out research; and use trade shows to access customers, analyse the competition and assess demand.


Expert advice on exporting

Advice on how to expand a business overseas covering topics ranging from creating an export plan to managing payment for export orders

Webinars for organisations that trade with the EU

Information on trading with the EU from 1 January 2020 including webinars from BEIS for businesses by sector and videos from HMRC on the changes to importing and exporting goods.