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Updates and advice for food and drink businesses

NEW RULES FOR JANUARY 2021

The UK has left the European Union, and the transition period after Brexit has come to an end. There are new rules for doing business in the EU from 1 January.

Scotland Food & Drink, alongside our industry partners, continues to work through a number of priorities to support businesses through Brexit and collaboration remains key to navigating the months ahead. Relevant and up-to-date advice and support is available below.

Key developments

The UK-EU trade deal, the Trade and Cooperation Agreement, was agreed on Christmas Eve. The deal means quota-free and tariff-free trade can continue to take place between the UK and EU subject to Rules of Origin (RoO) requirements. It has been signed by the UK Government, European Commission and EU Council and implementing legislation has been passed at Westminster to put it into law in the UK.

Find out more about the summary of the UK-EU trade deal, the Trade and Cooperation Agreement including important points to note regarding: Tariffs and quotas, Rules of Origin, Customs cooperation and facilitation, Sanitary & Phytosanitary (SPS), Geographical Indications/PGI, Transport, Mobility, Fisheries, Data, and EU programmes.

The Scotland Food & Drink Partnership Board continue to work with the Scottish and UK Governments in resolving ongoing border issues, which are causing significant delays and disruption to seafood trade.

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Brexit Advisory Service

This service provides a single point of contact for food and drink businesses in Scotland to get tailored one-to-one advice and support on Brexit related issues. The service, run by our enterprise agencies, is provided by a number of specially trained staff within a contact centre who will provide immediate support and advice to businesses, supported by a number of expert trade advisors and technical experts. 

The service can be accessed by phone by 0300 303 0661 or by email enquiries@prepareforbrexit.scot 

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EU Exit Food Hub

This hub provides tailored and practical information and advice on the main things businesses need to understand and do for Brexit. This includes information on exporting, importing, labelling, certification, transport, and workforce issues – and is updated as new rules and guidance from Governments emerge.

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Prepare for Brexit

Run by Scotland’s enterprise agencies, this website covers all sectors across the economy, including food and drink. It includes useful information on developments, a helpful Q&A on a range of issues, free trade agreements, and webinars.

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Updates & Announcements

You’ll find the latest developments here as well as on LinkedIn and Twitter. We issue an update on a Friday. To get the update direct to your inbox, sign up here.

Please get in touch via info@foodanddrink.scot if you have a specific question or concern.

Information and Support

This is a collection of some of the business support resources currently available.

Information

Latest information on Brexit

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Support

Business and financial support for companies

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Events

Informative webinars and events on Brexit

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News

Latest news from the industry

Other ways we can support your business

Stimulating demand and markets at home and overseas and supporting businesses to take advantage of those opportunities.

A plan for smart recovery

A joint, industry and Scottish Government programme for Scotland’s farming, fishing, food and drink sector.

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Coronavirus Information Hub

Information, updates, support and advice for food and drink businesses impacted by the Coronavirus outbreak.

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Grow your business

We help you open doors, access markets and maximise opportunities.

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