How can we prepare for not being in the customs union?


What should my company be doing to prepare for a likely end of the current customs union?


At present details of future customs arrangements are uncertain, as they will depend on the nature of a possible Brexit settlement between the UK and the other 27 EU Member States. The Institute of Export & International Trade runs regular Brexit Workshop sessions for businesses to examine various Brexit scenarios and implications for companies trading with the EU & beyond. Details are available at:

You can also watch the Open to Export webinar on Brexit at


This answer was given by the Institute of Export & International Trade. The question was asked as part of the webinar: ‘Export Essentials – customs declarations and duties’. You can watch the recording of the webinar here:

If you are interested in becoming a customs expert yourself, please do look at the training and qualifications that the Institute provides:

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