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The UK will be leaving the EU on 31 October. This will bring important changes to doing business. The government's Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy says there are five things automotive companies can do now to get ready.


  1. Ensure your vehicles and components are approved for sale in the UK and the EU

Manufacturers will need to apply to the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) to convert existing EU vehicle type approvals if they want to register new vehicles in the UK.

To sell in the EU they will also need to apply to an EU-based approval authority to transfer existing UK approvals and, if necessary, appoint an EU representative. The VCA can also provide assistance with this transfer process.

Further information can be found by searching ‘vehicle type approval Brexit’ on


  1. Check you can import and use chemicals

To continue to use or import chemicals you will need to check whether you have new obligations under UK REACH (the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals Regulation), as well your requirements under other regimes, such as BPR (Biocidal Products Regulation) and CLP (Classification, Labelling and Packaging).

Refer to the guidance at



  1. Prepare for new customs and VAT procedures at the border when trading with the EU

To continue importing from and exporting to the EU after 31 October there are changes you need to make now. Make sure you have an Economic Operators Registration and Identification (EORI) number that starts with GB, it’s quick, easy and free to do on

Find step-by-step guides to importing and exporting, as well as more information at


  1. Register for Transitional Simplified Procedures to make it easier to import from the EU

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, businesses will need to apply the same procedures to EU trade that apply to trading with the rest of the world. If you do not use TSP you will need to make full import declarations each time you buy goods from the EU. Search ‘register simplified import’ on


  1. Signpost the EU Settlement Scheme

Employers can help their EU, European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss staff get the information they need to apply for status under the EU Settlement Scheme. This will enable them to secure their rights in the UK. Applicants have until at least 31 December 2020 to make an application. Visit and search ‘EU Settlement Scheme Employer Toolkit’ for more information.


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