UK-EU trade deal: What businesses must do now to get prepared for 2021

By Jamie Hill - 26 December 2020


As the UK and EU reach a Brexit deal, companies can now rest assured that there will be some political framework for future trade as well as economic cooperation. However, while the deal is good news for firms, Business West is urging companies to act now to get prepared for 1st January 2021.

One of the most crucial steps companies can take is to ensure they understand how to complete and submit customs declarations correctly. 

Commenting on the announcement, Catherine Stephens, Head of International Trade Services at Business West said: “Businesses have faced a great deal of uncertainty over the last four years, so the announcement of a deal will provide firms with much needed security. 

“However, the new deal does not mean companies do not need to take action to get prepared for the new year.  

“It is imperative that companies are prepared for the completion of custom declarations when trading with the EU. Completing them can be complicated and if they include any errors, this can cause avoidable delays and costs at the border. 

“With years of experience in international trade and as an accredited Chamber of Commerce, we are ready to support companies through this challenging period.” 

Business West is offering Customs Declaration Training to educate companies on the processes involved when completing the documents.  

The following are the crucial steps businesses need to take to prepare for 1st January:

Firms can also visit Business West’s award winning web-advice platform, Trading Through Brexit, to get up to date information on how to prepare for the post-Brexit changes to international trade.  

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