The United Kingdom withdrew from the European Union on 1 February 2020 and is no longer an EU Member State. During a transition period, which ends on 31 December 2020, EU law – with a few, limited exceptions – continues to be applicable to and in the United Kingdom.
Until then, the United Kingdom continues to participate in the EU’s Single Market and Customs Union. It also continues to apply the EU’s international agreements, including trade agreements.
What trade information is there on the Access2Markets portal about the UK and Brexit?
Until the end of 2020, UK companies can still benefit from EU trade agreements and other trade arrangements.
They can use the Access2Markets portal to look up
EU trade information for their imports from countries outside the EU, including countries benefitting from the EU’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences (information previously on the EU Trade Helpdesk)
Example: preferential import duties and rules of origin for goods imported to the UK from South Africa under the EU-SADC Economic Partnership Agreement.
trade information for exporting to 121 non-EU countries (information previously on the EU Market Access Data Base – MADB)
Example: UK exporters can look up trade information for exporting goods to countries such as China, the US or Canada.
Which information can EU companies find who export goods to the UK?
As the transition period ends on 31 December 2020, the Access2Markets portal makes available information related to UK announced tariffs[i], procedures and formalities that will apply to EU exports to the United Kingdom as of 1 January 2021 in case there is no deal on a future partnership agreement[ii].
Which information can you find about the UK and Brexit in the statistics section of the Access2Markets Portal?
The statistics section of the Access2Markets portal displays
- import/export data without the UK (marked as EU27)
- import/export data including the UK (marked as EU28) covering reporting periods when the UK was a EU Member State.
- Commission’s readiness notice
- Brexit Checklist for EU companies doing business with the UK
- Check UK Global Tariffs applying from 1 January 2021.
[ii] The Commission regularly reviews this information but cannot guarantee that this information is always accurate and timely. Therefore, the Commission is not liable for any and all loss or damage or any claim resulting from the inaccuracy or incompleteness of the information on the UK tariffs, procedures and formalities.