On 1 January 2021 the transition period with the European Union (EU) will end and the United Kingdom (UK) will operate a full, external border.


This means that controls will be placed on the movement of goods between Great Britain (GB) and the EU.

For exports to the EU, all of these controls will begin immediately on 1st January 2021.

For imports, the UK Government has taken the decision to introduce the new border controls in three stages up until 1 July 2021.


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