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 into the UK.

  • 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