Following the end of the transition period, all food and drink imported into the UK from the EU and the rest of the world will be required to undergo customs formalities, while animal and plant products will be subject to sanitary and phytosanitary measures (SPS).

The UK will be in control of policies for applying tariffs and duties at it borders, and the types and levels of checks it carries out on food and drink, and the customs processes and safety requirements for traders. There will also be customs and SPS formalities facing food and drink moving between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The FDF ensures that its members are informed about changing border requirements and represents members’ views to the Government to ensure the UK’s borders are as frictionless as possible. Our work is vital in ensuring that UK food and drink producers can continue to provide shoppers and consumers with a wide variety of food and drink at competitive prices.

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The Food and Drink Federation responds to the government's latest border announcement

"The FDF welcomes this sensible and pragmatic step to ensure that food and drink continues to flow, and allows manufacturers access to the inputs and ingredients they need in order to continue producing the full range of products for UK shoppers and consumers."

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Free support for FDF members via Open Borders Direct

We are pleased to partner with Open Borders Direct®, to provide FDF members with free 3-month Helpline access for any member who is struggling to make head or tails of the paperwork or processes in importing or exporting. The team at Open Borders Direct® are committed to finding an answer for you; all you have to do is sign up using the Trade Association dropdown to take advantage of your three months free subscription – no credit card details are needed to access this offer.

Note: All business relationships are between Open Borders Direct® and the client, not FDF. FDF receives a small commission from Open Borders Direct® for any FDF member signing up to use Open Borders Direct®

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Export bootcamps

We have partnered with Export Bootcamps to bring you three courses;

  • SPS Export and Import Licence Training (26 May or 23 June)
  • Finding & Using Tariff Codes (27 May or 25 June)
  • How to Access Zero Tariffs from a Free Trade Agreement/Rules of Origin (28 May or 24 June).

If you are struggling with training costs, the SME Brexit Support Fund could give you up to £2,000 to help with training or professional advice, if your business has up to 500 employees and no more than £100 million annual turnover. 

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