The FDF informs the Government’s international trade policy priorities and provides advice to its members on trade and customs issues.

The FDF also offers further information to guide your company on issues arising as a result of changing terms of trade after 2020.

Latest updates

Support for members for import controls from 1 January 2022

FDF’s offices will close next week (23 December) until the Tuesday 4 January 2022. During this time members should direct any urgent queries regarding changes to import controls to which will be monitored during the holidays.

We are reviewing your query and aim to provide a response within 2 days. Meanwhile, please see below some guidance and useful links which may be of use:

FDF Guidance:

FDF’s five step guide to importing from the EU from 1 January 2022

FDF’s Customs partner Unsworth:

FDF has partnered with freight forwarder Unsworth to help support members to import and export to the EU. If your question is urgent, you can also contact Unsworth at

Unsworth is our recommended customs broker and have offered to assist our members with advice and urgent customs clearances during the holiday period.


FDF Briefing on Northern Ireland - Article 16

Following the talks between the UK and EU over revising the Northern Ireland Protocol, and the repeated threats by the UK FDF has produced a briefing on the use of Article 16 safeguard mechanism in the Northern Ireland Protocol.

The briefing includes:

  1. Procedure to trigger Article 16
  2. Link to the Trade and Cooperation Agreement
  3. Scenarios for the UK's use of Article 16
  4. Possible EU responses to the UK's triggering of Article 16

Contact with any questions.

FDF Exporter of the Year Award – Entries are now open!

Is your company entering new markets, creating targeted products or growing sales in established markets?

Enter the FDF Awards – Exporter of the Year category before 28 February 2022, for your chance to win. It’s completely free to enter!

View the full criteria

Find out more about the FDF Awards

Issues exporting composite products to the EU


A new regulation concerning exporting composite products to the EU is due to come into force on 21 April 2021.

If you are a member of FDF and are experiencing any issues exporting composite products please email our dedicated inbox to ensure you receive a swift response.

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EU rules on composite products

New requirements for exporting products to the EU which include ingredients of animal origin come into effect on 21 April 2021. This resource will help members understand the new rules on Composite Products and ensure you stay informed and up to date with the changes needed.

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Borders and customs

The FDF ensures that its members are informed of what is required of them at the border, and represents members’ views to the Government, to ensure that the UK’s borders are as frictionless as possible.



The FDF works with government and other stakeholders to promote the sector’s success in exporting and encourage more food and drink manufacturers to export.


EU exit

The FDF produces a range of resources to help guide companies through the complexities arising as the UK leaves the EU. This includes our Brexit Roadmap resource. The FDF also runs various Brexit-related committees.


Trade negotiations

The FDF is committed to ensuring that the sector’s priorities are at the heart of these negotiations, so that UK food and drink producers can access key markets with reduced trade barriers and tariffs.


Export statistics

The FDF publishes quarterly export statistical reports, outlining the latest UK food and drink export figures. As the sector focuses on growing exports, the FDF showcases the success of our industry via case studies.

EU customs and trade support

We have been working to put in place a range of solutions that will help members moving goods into and out of the EU. This includes a programme of training courses, free expert guidance, customs support and staffing assistance.

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Report: Trade snapshot Q3 2021

16 December 2021

The FDF’s newly released Q3 Trade Snapshot looks at UK food and drink trade up to September 2021.

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Report: Eating into household budgets: the Government’s recipe for food price inflation

20 July 2021

This report looks at the impact UK Government policies will have on food prices for both our food and drink manufacturing businesses and our household shopping baskets across the UK.

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Webinar: The future of imports: what you need to do to keep your goods moving

10 September 2021

Listen to this webinar for a full insight into the future of imports from the EU into the UK and what key guidance you need to know in order to continue trading without friction.

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Report: Feeding the Future: Working together to build the National Food Strategy

08 October 2021

The Food and Drink Sector Council offers food chain solutions as part of the industry’s contribution to the UK Government’s forthcoming National Food Strategy.

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