Key Information – Brexit and the Timber Industry
On 31st January 2020 the UK left the EU with a withdrawal bill and an agreed transition period running to the end of the year. To help BWF members prepare for 1st January 2021, we have summarised key information below.
Please note, the following information is subject to change as the UK Government progress with negotiations. We promise to keep this page updated regularly to reflect any changes.
1.0 Transition period
Britain’s exit from the EU officially occurred on 31st January 2020. For 11 months, to 31st December 2020, the UK will follow all the EU’s rules and regulations as if it were a Member State. It will remain in the single market and the customs union, and the free movement of people will continue. Any changes to EU legislation or rules will also automatically apply to the UK during the transition period.
The transition period can be extended once by a newly established EU-UK Joint Committee, as long as it decides to do so before 1 July 2020.
2.0 How to prepare your business for new rules in 2021
There are a number of things you’ll need to consider as a business before the end of the transition period. To help you prepare for new rules and regulations in 2021, we have summarised information that is relevant to our members and the wider woodworking and joinery manufacture industry, with links to the relevant pages on the Government’s website:
Preparing your business
From 1 January 2021 you will need to make customs declarations to move goods into and out of the EU. You should:
– get an EORI number if you do not already have one.
– decide how you want to make customs declarations and whether you need to get someone to deal with customs for you.