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Please note that any reference to the UK leaving without a deal on Friday 29 March 2019 is now invalid. We have not updated any references to this date, for example in guidance below and the FPC Importer's Guide.


A free trade agreement with South Korea is now agreed in principle and expected to be signed shortly.


Customs clearance - Intermediaries Grant Scheme closing soon

 As part of an £8 million investment to support training and automation in the customs intermediaries sector, a £5 million grant scheme opened in December 2018, lasting until 31 May 2019. With the deadline for applications approaching, we’re reminding FPC members of the funding available through the grant.

The grant is available to support customs intermediaries and traders with training and IT costs ahead of the UK leaving the EU.  Increased capacity in this sector will be important whatever our future relationship with the EU.

HMRC is keen to encourage applications for the training grants. These are available to intermediaries and traders completing customs declarations, or for intermediaries intending to complete customs declarations in the future.  

The training grant could be used to support a business that is extending and taking on new staff, or to help train an existing employee to start completing customs declarations for the company. Training can be delivered by an external provider, or an in-house trainer.

The grant can also be used towards the cost of the new modular customs declarations training course which was launched in March as part of the Government’s wider investment in the sector.

 More information on how businesses can apply, and a link to the online application page are available on GOV.UK. Any interested businesses are encouraged to register on the grant application page no later than Friday 24 May to allow time to complete their application by the deadline.


Update on status of signed UK trade agreements

Latest additions: Andean countries; Iceland and Norway; Liechtenstein

The UK has signed continuity agreements with the following countries for when the UK leaves the EU:

  • Andean countries (Columbia; Ecuador; Peru)
  • Iceland and Norway
  • Liechtenstein
  • Chile
  • Eastern and Southern Africa (Madegascar*;Mauritius; Seychelles, Zimbabwe)
  • Faroe Islands
  • Israel
  • Palestine
  • Switzerland
  • Pacific States (Papua New Guinea and Fiji)
  • CARIFORUM countries.
  • The countries which will be covered by the UK-CARIFORUM Economic Partnership Agreement are:

    • Antigua and Barbuda*
    • Bahamas*
    • Barbados
    • Belize
    • Dominica
    • Dominican Republic
    • Grenada
    • Guyana
    • Jamaica
    • St Christopher and Nevis
    • St Lucia
    • St Vincent and the Grenadines
    • Suriname*
    • Trinidad and Tobago

    *Approved in principle and expected to sign shortly.

The UK has signed mutual recognition agreements with Australia; New Zealand; and the United States of America.

A continuity agreement simplifies trade and allows businesses to trade as freely as they do now, without any additional barriers or tariffs.

The Department for International Trade has published a series of guidance notes on exporting to individual countries in the event of a no deal Brexit.  You can find the guides here.


Exporting plants to the EU under a no deal scenario

If the UK were to leave the EU with no deal, the UK will be treated by the EU as a third country. This means that some plants and plant products that we export now, will be prohibited. The attached guidance on export requirements, outlines the full list of these plants which includes potatoes, other stolon or tuber forming species of Solanum, isolated bark of sweet chestnut, citrus and vine plants and soil and growing medium.

Some species would not be fully prohibited, but would not be allowed into certain EU protected zones, from the UK, in the event of a no deal exit from the EU.

  • Amelanchier (Snowy Mespilus)
  • Chaenomeles (Flowering Quince)
  • Cotoneaster (ornamental shrubs)
  • Crataegus (Hawthorn)
  • Cydonia (Quince)
  • Eriobotrya (Loquat)
  • Malus (Apple)
  • Mespilus (Medlar)
  • Photinia davidiana (ornamental shrubs)
  • Pyracantha (Firethorn)
  • Pyrus (Pear)
  • Sorbus (Rowan, Whitebeam)

Full details of which protected zones are relevant can be found in the guidance. This prohibition does not include the fruits and seeds of these plants. Fruits and seeds harvested from these plants can be exported to the protected zones specified in the guidance.

Defra is continuing to engage directly with the EU Commission to remove these prohibitions where technically justifiable, but the prohibitions will apply from exit day until such time that there is any revision to the EU legislation.

For more information on importing and exporting plants and plant products, visit


EU Settlement Scheme

The UK Government has published details of the Scheme in various languages.  You can find information here.


Brexit No Deal Q&A

Following our Brexit Briefing FPC has collated responses to the outstanding questions which were raised by members on the day.  We've also included some supplementary questions and responses from government officials.  You can find the Brexit No Deal Q&A in the documents below.

Our latest Brexit No Deal update is also included in the list of documents below and includes information on:

  • the new registration and pre-notification system for 'high risk' products under a no deal scenario;
  • trade agreements status and temporary UK tariffs in the event of a no deal;
  • customs - Jersey status and VAT;
  • advice to exporters - identifying EU customs requirements;
  • EU Settlement Scheme; 
  • temporary visas;
  • managing personal data.


UK Import Tariff in the event of a no deal Brexit

The UK Government has published a REVISED draft of the temporary rates of customs duty in the event of a no deal Brexit.  This corrects the tariff for Kenyan beans which we had raised as an issue. The tariff will apply when the UK leaves the EU for up to 12 months while a full consultation and a review on a permanent approach is carried out.

If goods are not listed they will have a zero duty rate.  The majority of fresh fruit, vegetables and cut flowers will be tariff free, however there are exceptions for some imports of bananas and beans.  Members can check these details in the extract available below.

Let us know if there are any other concerns.

The draft UK Customs Tariff Quotas have also been published – FPC has produced a summary of the specific fresh produce tariff quotas.  Members can access this below.


Register for EORI now – reminder

You’ll need to have a UK issued Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number if you are a business established in the UK and will import or export goods with the EU when the UK leaves the EU.  Make sure you register in time here. 







FPC Members Brexit update - 09 04 19

FPC Brexit no deal Importers Checklist

FPC Brexit no deal Exporters Checklist

FPC Guide to Exporting Fresh Produce in the event of a no deal Brexit

FPC Guide to Exporting Fresh Produce to Third Countries

FPC Extract UK Temporary Tariffs in event of no deal (revised 29 March 2019)

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