Rural and Environment

Trading with the EU after Brexit

October 14, 2019 by No Comments | Category Agriculture, EU, Farming, Fishing, food and drink, Uncategorized

Scotland does not want to leave the EU but there is a strong risk that we may end up leaving without a deal in place on 31st October 2019.

While the Scottish Government is doing as much as it can to mitigate the impact of leaving the EU, we cannot mitigate for every impact.

Leaving the EU will mean things we currently take for granted, or which we agreed to as part of a Member State, will no longer stand.

This note sets out what you need to do to ensure your food and drink business can continue to import/export to and from the EU after Brexit.


In the event of Brexit our trading relationship with the EU will change.

In a no deal scenario import/export tariffs will be imposed on goods leaving and entering the UK/EU. Certification requirements, which are currently not necessary as a member of the EU, will also apply.

You may also find that imports/exports from/to some non-EU countries will become subject to tariffs, as trade agreements between the EU and those countries may not continue to apply to the UK. Current labelling requirements will also change.

Even in a deal scenario, there is likely to be friction in our trading relationship where currently there is none.


So what do you need to do to ensure your food and drink business can continue to import/export to and from the EU after Brexit?

You will need to take the following steps:

• If you don’t already have one, get a UK Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number. You can apply at
• Ensure you have checked arrangements for obtaining Export Health Certificates for Products of Animal Origin exports to the EU
• Contact the organisation that moves your goods to find out what they need to make the declaration for your goods, or if you need to do it yourself


For further information on how to continue importing and exporting to the EU after Brexit, please see:


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