Implementation, your experiences and helplines

On 31 December 2020, the Brexit transition period ended. To help manage the new relationship with the EU we outline a number of key milestones throughout 2021 and beyond.

Implementation Timeline

  • 1 January 2021

    Beginning of new UK-EU relationship – full customs procedures apply for exporting goods from GB to the EU.

  • 30 April 2021

    UK REACH
    For UK based holder of EU registration(s) – deadline to notify chemical substance to HSE as a sole, joint or lead registrant, manufacturer, formulator, importer or Only Representative.

  • 30 June 2021

    PERSONAL DATA
    The ‘bridging mechanism’ allowing the free flow of personal data ends (if the UK hasn’t been granted adequacy status).

  • 1 July 2021

    CUSTOMS AND BORDERS
    Full customs procedures apply for importing into the UK, following the six-month phase-in period.

  • 28 October 2021

    UK REACH
    For UK based downstream user, Distributor, or importer of substances greater than 1T/year; deadline to provide basic information on imported substance to HSE.

  • 1 January 2022

    CUSTOMS AND BORDERS
    Full customs declarations and controls apply for importing from the EU into the UK, with an exception for goods moving from the island of Ireland to GB.

  • 1 July 2022

    CUSTOMS AND BORDERS
    Safety and security declarations on imports will now be required as of 1 July 2022 as opposed to 1 January 2022.

  • 28 October 2023

    Deadline to complete registration to HSE for UK REACH grandfathered and imported substances meeting the 2-year tonnage band requirements. See gov.uk for information tonnage band requirements.

Useful contacts for members

For broad business support and advice contact the Government’s business support helplines:

  • England – 0800 998 1098
  • Scotland – 0300 303 0660
  • Wales – 0300 060 3000
  • Northern Ireland – 0800 181 4422

For more specific support, the following helplines might be useful:

  • HMRC Customs and International Trade Helpline – 0300 322 9434
  • HMRC Imports and Exports General Enquiries – 0300 200 3700
  • DVSA International Road Haulage Permits – 0330 678 1117
  • The Office for Product Safety and Standards – 0121 345 1201
  • The Intellectual Property Office – 0300 300 2000
  • Home Office – EU Settlement Scheme application resolution centre – 0300 123 7379
  • UK Chemicals Helpline – 0330 159 1985