Brexit Information

Checklist for travelling horses to the EU

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17/02/2021 BEF update: EU travel

Business Support Updates

Northern Ireland Protocol - What do businesses need to know? 

Since the Northern Ireland Protocol came into effect on 1 January 2021 there have been changes to the way goods move between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. 


Trade and customs after Brexit: Key dates in 2021

Keep abreast of the changing rules and regulations during 2021 with the Trade and Customs after Brexit calendar of key dates.


NEW £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund

This new pot of money offers support to help small businesses adjust to new customs procedures, rules of origin, and VAT rules when trading with the EU.  The fund will be administered through the pre-existing Customs Grant Scheme and will open for applications in March.


Support for export and customs documentation

With the seven day grace period for hauliers now expired, it's even more critical for your business to know what documentation it needs to put in place to export to the EU. Find out more to avoid disruption to your business.


Apply for authorisation for the UK Trader Scheme if you bring goods into Northern Ireland

To avoid potential border disruption, businesses trading with Northern Ireland should become familiar with the new rules that now apply.  Businesses now need to make declarations when bringing goods into Northern Ireland from Great Britain or from outside the EU.  To avoid having to pay tariffs for goods ‘at risk’ of entering the EU’s single market businesses should register with the UK Trader Scheme.


Road Haulage Association 5 key actions

Read essential Road Haulage Association 5 key actions checklist for hauliers crossing the border into France.

Export Health Certificates

It is now a requirement to have an Export Health Certificate (EHC) to export live animals and animal products to the EU and to move live animals and animal products to Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland Protocol

Avoid potential border disruption. If you trade with Northern Ireland, ensure you are familiar with the new rules that now apply and register with the UK Trader Scheme to avoid having to pay tariffs for goods ‘at risk’ of entering the EU’s single market.

The UK EU trade deal - what you need to know

Rules of Origin and customs special procedures dominated the Institute of Export & International Trade's webinar held last week. Watch the recording to find out more.

Webinars: Business Gateway national - several dates in January up to 4 February

Sign up for Business Gateway's national webinars. Topics include the impact and action required by businesses on leaving the EU through to advice and guidance for tourism businesses

Importing Equines

New rules for January 2021

The UK has left the EU, and the transition period after Brexit comes to an end this year.

This page tells you what you'll need to do from 1 January 2021. It will be updated if anything changes.

Check what else you need to do during the transition period.

Status of UK studbooks confirmed

The EU has confirmed that it will recognise all UK studbooks once the post-Brexit transition period comes to an end on 31 December. This means that horses with a studbook passport can be considered as registered equines and will not need an additional UK Government-issued ID document in order to travel to the EU. Find out more here

Import of Products, Animals, Food and Feed System (IPAFFS)

  • Scottish Government has adopted a phased approach to the introduction of SPS controls on goods imported from EU to GB. This is in line with UKG and Welsh Government’s approach and will give traders additional time to prepare.

  • From 1 January 2021, all traders must prepare for basic customs requirements.

  • Importers of live animals or high priority plants and plant products will need to pre-notify of their arrival and provide health certification for their imports.

  • From 1 April all products of animal origin will require to pre notify and provide a valid export health certificate.

  • From 31 July, all SPS products must enter through a Border Control Post and be subject to risk based physical checks and sampling. The border control post must be designated for the specific commodity type,

Scottish Government have been advised that there is still a number of live animal importers (livestock/famers) in Scotland who are known to not notify on The Import of Products, Animals, Food and Feed System (IPAFFS), and are require to do so from 1 January 2021 to generate the UNN needed for the health certificate. As a reminder:


Phone: 07815962964

Address: Horsescotland

PO Box 8523  Prestwick

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