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UK-EU Trade Deal

The United Kingdom and the European Union have agreed a Trade and Cooperation Agreement governing future trade relations from 1 January 2021, that will see no tariffs or quotas on the movement of goods produced between the UK and the EU. 
Further details and a summary explainer document are available here

The deal with the EU means the UK can now regulate in a manner that suits the UK economy and UK businesses – doing things in a more innovative and effective way, without being bound by EU rules.
As with any major change, there will be challenges as we adjust to new ways of doing business with the EU. While the deal secures us tariff-free access to EU markets, you should still check what you need to do to allow your business operations to run smoothly. 

Composites UK EU-Exit Member Resources

Good Practice Guides and templates

  • Trading with the EU and other countries from 01 January 2021 - Jan2021
  • Preparing the UK Composites Sector for the end of the Transition period - Dec2020
  • How to comply with chemical regulations from 01 January 2021
  • CLP changes from 01 January 2021
  • Supplier declaration forms

Brexit Bulletin: This regular member bulletin aims to keep members informed of the latest guidance for businesses to prepare your business for trading with the EU and other countries from 01 January 2021. 

Members can download the guides and catch up with past issues of the bulletin in the member resources area.

Quick links

Checklist to ensure you are business ready

The UK has left the Single Market and Customs Union and it is essential that businesses make the necessary preparations to continue to trade with the EU:

Changes for businesses - what the UK-EU deal means.

Check what you need to do differently if you’re:

Get the complete list of what you need to do for you, your business and your family.

Placing manufactured goods on the EU and GB market from 1 January 2021

EU market: Guidance on what you need to do to comply with regulations on manufactured goods you place on the EU market from 1 January 2021.

GB market: Guidance on what you need to do to comply with regulations on manufactured goods you place on the GB market from 1 January 2021.

Northern Ireland market: Guidance on what you need to do to comply with regulations on manufactured goods you place on the NI marketd from 1 January 2021.

Conformity assessment - UKCA
UKCA is the new marking for placing relevant regulated products on the market in England, Scotland and Wales. It replaces the CE marking. There will be a period of continued recognition of CE marking in Great Britain (check individual regulations for full details on end dates).
UK approved bodies will replace the role of EU notified bodies.

Further information can be found here

Tariffs and Rules of Origin - BEIS Guidance

Free Trade Negotiations

Information on the trade agreements the UK has already signed and our discussions with countries the EU has a trade agreement with can be found here.

More trade is essential if the UK is to overcome the unprecedented economic challenge posed by Covid-19, and new trade agreements are an important part of the long-term economic recovery. All countries need to work together to ensure long-term prosperity and international trade is central to this cooperation. Free trade and resilient supply chains through open markets will be crucial to the global economic recovery as the crisis passes. One important element of this is ensuring that UK businesses have access to a wide range of free trade agreements.  

Effect on material legislation


UK REACH is part of the UK's chemical regulatory regime. If you sell or distribute chemicals in the UK and the EU, you'll need to follow both UK REACH and EU REACH rules.

Under the Northern Ireland Protocol the EU REACH Regulation will continue to apply to Northern Ireland, while UK REACH will regulate the access of substances to the GB market.

For more information click here

Chemicals classification, labelling and packaging (CLP)

From 1 January 2021, the European Union (EU) CLP Regulation will be replaced in Great Britain by retained EU law – the GB CLP Regulation.
For more information click here

Effect on standards activity

BSI will continue to coordinate the UK input into the development of harmonized European standards through CEN, CENELEC and ETSI.

For any specific query, please contact the BSI Brexit and standards team using

European Funding

You can continue to participate in Horizon 2020 programmes and receive EU grant funding.

The UK will associate to Horizon Europe.

Business support helpline

For more information for:
businesses in England, call 0800 998 1098
businesses in Scotland, call 0300 303 0660
businesses in Wales, call 0300 060 3000
businesses in Northern Ireland, call 0800 181 4422.


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