Brexit – Preparation Guidance

Businesses need to understand fully the implications of a No Deal Brexit, both for bringing goods into the UK from the EU and also sending them out of the UK. The HTA has prepared a ‘Quick Fact’ information sheet to point you in the right direction.

If you buy products from companies outside of the UK then you will be an importer and will need to a) make customs declarations and b) know if goods require further paperwork (eg. plant health certificates)

The Government has also updated their ‘what to do’ pages for importing and  exporting:

HTA recommends that you apply for Transitional Simplified Procedures if you import from the EU and that you employ a Customs Agent who will help you with the paperwork.

Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP) are temporary simplified customs procedures designed to make importing easier, and have been specially designed for those businesses who are unfamiliar with customs procedures.

HMRC are running webinars to help you understand TSP. You can register for one here.

The full list of HMRC advice can be found here.


HMRC Brexit advice events

The United Kingdom will leave the European Union on the 31 October 2019 and your business will need to take action to get ready.

The Government is arranging Brexit Business Readiness Events across the UK to help you prepare, starting Monday 16 September. Join a free event in your area to meet government advisers and to find out what actions your business needs to take to prepare.

The events will combine a keynote address, interactive support, advice stands and in-depth sessions led by subject matter experts. They will provide you with specific business-focused advice and help.

Register to attend an event at:

Further dates and locations will be announced as they are confirmed.

You can also view a typical event agenda and some Frequently Asked Questions at the webpage above.

Importing Plants and Plant Products if there’s a no deal Brexit flow diagrams

The UK will be leaving the EU on 31 October whatever the circumstances. We would prefer to leave with a deal and we will work in an energetic and determined way to get that better deal. If it is not possible to reach a deal we will have to leave with no deal. We will make all necessary preparations to do so.
Use the flow diagrams to see if you need to contact the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) for more details on:

Importing Exporting Plants and Plant Products if there is a No Deal Brexit flow diagrams


Updated advice (4 September 2019)

There has been a lot of political news coverage recently due to the proroguing of parliament, election discussions, and potential no-deal Brexit/Brexit delay.

Whilst all of this remains an unknown, we urge our members to continue to ‘Get Ready’ for the October 31 Brexit day.

We have a range of information and guidance available on the HTA website to guide members through this process, including the EORI auto-enrolling scheme, EU Citizens settlement scheme and paperwork for UK hauliers driving to the EU.

We will be producing more guidance and distributing Government updates in the continued run up to 31 October via a range of communication channels to make sure you’re fully aware and informed.

The Political Situation as it is Now (26 April 2019)

The UK & the EU have agreed a flexible extension to Article 50, the latest we will leave is 31 October 2019.

It remains to be seen what the Governments next move is in order to get a withdrawal deal agreed in Parliament.

The PM is likely to try to get something across the line before 22nd May, which is when the EU Elections take place, however a deal is not yet guaranteed.

Businesses need to still prepare for a no deal situation, please continue to do that in the time available.

Latest - 26/4 Now we have all enjoyed a “Brexit breather” for a little time, the Government has written to all stakeholders with an interest in DEFRA to explain what to do now. Michael Gove, Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, says in his letter that DEFRA has stood down its no deal preparations for the immediate future. However, if we reach 31st October without a deal being passed by Parliament there is still the possibility of a No Deal, so work will continue to mitigate the effects of this. The letter can be viewed here.

How much has Brexit cost your business so far?

DEFRA’s EU Exit team have sent a communication to the HTA requesting information about the effects Brexit has had on businesses, in particular no deal planning.

They wish to take this time to understand what the impacts of No Deal preparation have had on business, and how you are intending to prepare over the coming months.

In particular, questions they would like answers to are; -

  1. What preparations for a potential No Deal exit did you undertake?
  2. What were the impacts of these on your business, e.g. costs etc. This could include costs, the implication of bringing material in early, resultant biosecurity concerns, planning time taken, extra staff costs, how the uncertainty affected you and your business, basically anything that is Brexit related.
  3. How you intend to continue EU Exit preparations & planning. Explain briefly what the plans will be and over what time period you will conduct them.

In addition to sending your response to DEFRA (please send to would you please copy the HTA in to your reply ( ) . Your response will be treated in the utmost confidence. (For those of you wondering at DEFRA's food-related e-mail address, ornamental horticulture is included under DEFRA’s agri-food EU Exit department)

We will provide an update to this information as major situations develop. General Brexit & Brexit-related political information can be found on the BBC News Brexit Pages.

Please use the downloadable information below to assist you with planning.

Brexit Information

Latest News - In order of publication

Update from HMRC - 19 September 2019

The Government has said that the UK will be leaving the EU on 31 October. Leaving the EU without a deal means there will be immediate changes to the way UK businesses trade with the EU that may impact your business.

Brexit - What to do Now?

Now we have all enjoyed a “Brexit breather” for a little time, the Government has written to all stakeholders with an interest in DEFRA to explain what to do now.

EU temporary leave to remain

Government provisions for EEA citizens and their family members arriving in the UK after we leave the EU in the event the UK leaves without agreeing a deal announced.

APHA No-Deal Brexit workshop on plant varieties

APHA extend an invite to all businesses involved in plant & seed variety and propagating material work processes to take part in a No Deal EU Exit Seminar on 28th November. The workshop will work through what may happen in the event of a no deal for Brexit, based on the recent No Deal Technical Notice on Plant Variety Rights.

Is your business Brexit ready?

A recent Chambers of Commerce survey has found that 62% of British businesses have not undertaken any planning for Brexit. Here the HTA gives you some tools to help you plan.