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Beauty brands, product and retailers – particularly small to medium enterprises – are significant economic contributors to Britain’s GDP. We have a rich history of exporting British beauty and recognise that recent developments have made overseas trading more challenging.

The British Beauty Council can help you to navigate your way to a potentially new and exciting international customer base. So if you’re baffled by Brexit or keen to explore the burgeoning beauty scene in China, check out the information below and start your journey here.

From 1 January 2022 the rules changed for any businesses moving goods between Great Britain and Europe.

These rules apply to all European trade, whether you buy or sell goods once a year or every day, and no matter what type, volume or value:

Read the UK Transition Trader Checklist

There were also changes to international trademark registrations from 1 January 2022 to be aware of:

Read the Changes to international trade mark registrations

GOODS

Sending product to customers in the EU? Importing raw materials or goods for sale?

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EXPORTING GOODS TO EUROPE

How to move goods from the UK to the EU: Export goods from the UK: step by step.

The Government has launched a new Export Support Service and user-friendly interactive export tools to help UK businesses get answers to practical questions about exporting to Europe.

Check out this useful guidance on sending goods to an overseas customer using rules of origin to check the goods you export from the UK meet the relevant rules of origin and provide proof of where the goods originate from.

DHL and the Post Office both have a list of prohibited and restricted items on their websites which you can check before sending items to ensure your parcels are delivered without delay.

You’ll need to find the right commodity code for any goods you export, using the Trade Tariff tool. This will ensure you pay the right Customs Duty.

Information on moving goods from the UK to the rest of the world, including rules and restrictions, tax and duty rates and what exporting documents you need: Check duties and customs procedures for exporting goods.

Scottish Enterprise have produced a really easy to follow ‘6 step guide to exporting success’ which can be applied whether your business is based in Scotland or elsewhere in the UK.

Before your drivers transport goods between 2 points in the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway for commercial purposes, you must declare the details on an EU portal.

IMPORTING GOODS FROM EUROPE

You must make customs declarations for goods coming from EU to UK. You don’t have to deal with customs on your own. If your business doesn’t have the right resources to make customs declarations, you can hire someone to deal with this for you. Your options are:

Follow this useful step-by-step guide on how to import: Import goods into the UK: step by step guide on GOV.UK

PREPARING TO IMPORT GOODS
VAT
  • Claim a VAT refund.
  • Claim a refund if you think you paid the wrong amount of duty or have rejected the imported goods.
EXPORTING & IMPORTING GOODS OUTSIDE EUROPE

We are currently developing information on this topic.

Watch our webinar Advice for British Brands Trading in China (members-only content)

SERVICES

Travelling for work or working in the EU? We’ve pulled together everything you need to know:

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BUSINESSES WITH STAFF WORKING BETWEEN THE UK AND EU

See the latest advice for travelling for work, including this useful one-pager.

If you travel to the EU for work purposes, you may need a visa or work permit. Learn about extra business travel requirements.

BUSINESSES THAT DELIVER SERVICES BETWEEN THE UK AND EU

Ensure your staff are able to continue to practise and provide services to clients in the UK by ensuring their professional qualification(s) are recognised by their professional body in the UK:

Get your EU professional qualification recognised in the UK

Selling services to the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein

    BUSINESSES THAT HIRE STAFF FROM THE EU

    Free movement has ended and the UK is introducing a new points-based immigration system.

    The way you hire from the EU has changed. If you want to hire anyone from outside the UK, you must be a Home Office licenced sponsor. This includes recruiting people from the EU.

    Anyone coming to the UK to work will need a job offer from a licenced sponsor in advance, and will need to meet certain skills and salary criteria.

    Find out more about the UK Government’s points-based immigration system.

      CONTINUE LIVING AND WORKING IN THE EU

      Living and working in the EU, EEA EFTA, Switzerland and Ireland depends on the rules in that country.

      You may need to take action such as:

      • register or apply for residency
      • check that you are covered for healthcare
      • exchange your UK driving licence for a licence issued by the EU country where you live.

      The Government has prepared living in country guides for UK nationals living abroad, including residency, health and benefits, and specific advice for people following the UK’s departure from the EU.

      TRAVEL DECLARATIONS

      There have been challenges for professionals within the hair and beauty sector who need to travel for the purposes of work and the products and kit that they must declare in order to do so.

      We highlighted these issues to the Department for Business and Department for International Trade in an attempt to find solutions and will publish their advice shortly.

      RESOURCES

      The help you need to navigate the latest rules:

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      BREXIT

      The best place for businesses to get support and information post-Brexit

      The devolved administrations have also published guidance for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

      We also recommend the Brexit Checker tool, which gives businesses personalised results about the actions they need to take.

      The Border Operating Model is a useful guide to how the border with the EU works.

      Sign up to receive the latest Government news on Brexit.

      It’s vital for businesses to ensure they are up to date with changing rules and regulations surrounding their business operations. Scottish Enterprise produces a comprehensive list of key dates for companies to note in 2022.

      TRADING WITH NORTHERN IRELAND

      Check the latest guidance on the Northern Ireland Protocol.

      There are special provisions that only apply in Northern Ireland, so if a business moves goods into, out of, or through Northern Ireland they need to check the latest Government guidance: Moving goods into, out of, or through Northern Ireland 

      Other useful resources for trading in Northern Ireland:

        HELPLINES

        Borders (Importing and Exporting)

        You can get in touch with HMRC by phone, webchat or contact form for any import and export queries you may have. The phone lines and webchat services are open Monday–Friday, 8am–6pm, and closed Bank holidays and weekends.

        UK businesses can contact the Export Support Service by using the new online service or by phoning the helpline to speak to their dedicated export support team.

        Economy

        Energy

        • EU Emissions Trading System, Allowances and Carbon Emissions, UK Energy Markets, Single Electricity Market, Civil Nuclear and Electricity Suppliers and Systems: 020 7215 5000

        Data and Intellectual Property

         Other

        TRANSFERRING DATA BETWEEN THE UK AND EU

        If you receive personal data from the EU for business use, you should check the current guidance on using personal data in your business or organisation. Find out more at Using personal data in your business or other organisation

        FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

        Access the Department for International Trade’s Internationalisation Fund for eligible businesses in England. The fund can be used to support areas such as market research, intellectual property advice, translation services and other international commercial service.

        UK Export Finance is the UK’s export credit agency where businesses can get finance and insurance from the UK government. In the last five years they have provided £14 billion of support for exports and international trade.

        Scottish Enterprise fund a free international market research service to help businesses in Scotland get vital insight on global market trends, customer behaviour and competitor activity.

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        TRADE EVENTS

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