UK exit from the EU

The transition period ends on 31 December 2020. We’re providing practical support and advice to UK seafood businesses to help you get ready for 2021.

The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020. It is currently in a transition period during which the UK and EU are negotiating their future relationship. The transition period ends at 11.00pm GMT on 31 December 2020.

During the transition period, the UK is no longer a member of the EU’s political structures, but it remains in the EU’s Single Market, Customs Union and Common Fisheries Policy. EU rules continue to apply and the UK continues to trade as if it is still an EU member state until the end of 2020.

Preparing for the end of the transition period

We don’t yet know the exact terms on which the UK and the EU will trade from January 2021. There are however actions that seafood businesses can take to get ready for the end of the transition period.

We have recently updated our guidance for seafood businesses with advice on practical steps you can take now. As this is a complex issue we’ve separated our guidance based on activities your business is involved in:

Depending on your business, you may need to refer to more than one of these sections.

We will continue to update this guidance as new information becomes available so please continue to refer back to this page. We are currently working on guidance for businesses trading in or with Northern Ireland.

We have also put together more general information on other things that may change after the transition period but which may be of interest to seafood businesses and organisations.

We are also hosting a series of webinars with Marine Scotland covering importing and exporting fishery products and moving goods under the Northern Ireland Protocol.

New customs procedures webinar

Preparing for new customs procedures has been flagged as a particular issue for many seafood businesses that we have spoken to. We have therefore teamed up with the Institute of Export & International Trade and the Trader Support Service to bring you a webinar covering:

  • What are Incoterms and why are they important?
  • Do I need a GB, XI or EU EORI number?
  • What is the Trader Support Service and how can it help me?
  • What can my customs agent do?
  • What are customs special procedures?
  • What is duty deferment?

The webinar will take place on Monday 30 November from 1pm to 2pm.

Trade agreements and seafood tariffs

Find out the potential changes to trade agreements and tariffs with the EU and beyond post-Brexit.

Advice and support

Our Regulation team can provide bespoke advice and support to your business. They have been responding to issues raised with us by businesses and individuals throughout the seafood supply chain and are working with government, local authorities and industry groups to find solutions. For further assistance email