Support for businesses

Operate after Brexit

Operate after Brexit

Together with our partners we are helping businesses across Scotland adapt to the new operating environment following our exit from the European Union. Find information on the changing requirements for dealing with EU and the processes you need to have in place to continue your relationship with member states.

Official guidance, key dates and advice

Use the Government's Brexit checker to get a personalised list of actions for operating after Brexit

A collection of HMRC letters to businesses highlight new rules and key actions when importing or exporting goods between Great Britain and the EU

See our advice on visiting Europe and extra requirements for business travel

Trade and customs after Brexit: Key dates for companies to note

Find someone to speak to about trade, sector or market issues in our helpline directory

Read our Brexit FAQs, developed from business feedback

Get to know how Rules of Origin impact your business when moving goods between the UK and the EU

Read GOV.UK’s comprehensive guide to Brexit for businesses

Resources for your business

Export to the EU

New rules for businesses took effect on 1 January 2021 and some of the changes are significant. We’re here to help you continue trading in the new operating environment with advice on exporting and selling online.

Import from the EU

The withdrawal agreement also changed the way that goods are imported into Great Britain from the EU. Follow our guidance to ensure that you're able to continue importing from Europe now the UK has left the EU.

Trade with Northern Ireland

EU withdrawal has also meant changes to the way goods move between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, with new administrative procedures now in place including declaration requirements and conformity assessment processes.

Understanding VAT after Brexit

The rules surrounding VAT have changed. Understand how the new rules affect your business, with country-specific information and situational examples.

Learn about conformity assessment and labelling

Goods will be subject to separate regulation in the UK and the EU. Get to know how the conformity assessment process and labelling impact your business to ensure you're following the new regulations. 

Transport and logistics

How to ensure your goods get to market and you get the imports your business needs to operate after Brexit.

Trade with third countries

EU free trade agreements that offered Scottish businesses preferential terms no longer apply. The UK has agreed continuity agreements with some countries, but not all, so in some cases the levels of coverage will now be different.

Sector-specific advice

Following our exit from the EU, Scottish businesses now need to obtain authorisations from new regulatory bodies in some sectors. This may affect your business, particularly if you need to certify, package and label products for export. Find guidance on specific countries and sectors here.

Financial support

From recruitment to contract terms, leaving the EU has brought additional business expenses. Support is available to help you adapt to changing costs and risks.

Data, intellectual property and legal contracts

It is essential to remain legally compliant now that intellectual property rights, trademark law and data adequacy requirements are changing.

People, workforce and skills

With the end of free movement between the UK and EU, there are new systems in place for recruiting staff from outside the UK. The environment has also changed for UK professionals, who are now subject to third country requirements in host states.

Support for businesses

You can watch Brexit playback webinars from ourselves and partners. 

Got a question about operating after Brexit?

Get in touch with our experts for the latest on the UK's exit from the EU, its impact on Scottish businesses, and how we can help you navigate the changes facing all companies.