UK Transition

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. A treaty was presented to Parliament in April 2021. Visit the website here to view the agreement in full

Businesses should visit the website for the latest information and to check what actions their business will need to undertake, to continue trading with the EU.

If you move goods between Great Britain (GB) and countries in the European Union (EU), you might be affected when full customs controls come into effect on 1‌‌‌ January‌‌‌ ‌2022.

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)

If you have a specific question about importing, exporting or customs reliefs call HMRC Customs and International Trade helpline on 0300 322 9434. The helpline is open from 8am to 10pm Monday to Friday and from 8am to 4pm at weekends. You can also send your questions or contact them by webchat.

HMRC have also created a series of webinars on various importing and exporting topics when trading with the EU. Please refer to our Business Events page to see the listing under UK Imports and Exports.

You can also watch help videos that are published on YouTube via the website.

Bitesize videos to help businesses with UK transition

Rochford District Council commissioned Essex Chambers of Commerce to produce a series of ‘bitesize’ videos to help the business community be prepared. Now that the UK has left the EU, the information remains relevant, so please watch to make sure your business is able to continue trading with the EU without disruption!

The videos, which can be found on the Rochford District Council You Tube channel, at, focus on four key themes:

Do you buy goods from or sell goods to the EU?
What are the key dates and stages I should know about?
What can I do now to be prepared to continue trading with the EU?
What resources and support are out there to help you “Get Ready?”

BEST Growth Hub

The Business Essex, Southend & Thurrock (BEST) Growth Hub forms part of the South East Business Hub, the South East Local Enterprise Partnership’s (SELEP) overarching business support programme, which also supports local hubs in East Sussex, Kent and Medway. They help new and existing businesses find the most suitable type of business support available in their area.

The Growth Hub has compiled key information for businesses on their website.

Essex Resilience Forum (ERF)

The Essex Resilience Forum is a multi-agency partnership, made up of local councils - including Rochford District Council, emergency services, health providers, the voluntary sector and many more organisations - working together to plan and prepare for a multi-agency response to a major emergency and includes the Coronavirus pandemic. Their remit also covers planning to mitigate any disruption to our county now the UK has left the EU when the Transition period ended on 31 December 2020. Further information is available on the ERF website.

Essex Chambers 

Please refer to their website, where they are offering business support and comprehensive guidance, for businesses involved in International Trade - Access to guidance on their website.

Federation of Small Businesses – Transition Hub

The FSB Transition Hub is designed to support small businesses and the self-employed understand and prepare for what comes after the end of the UK/EU transition period. Please visit the Federation of Small Businesses website