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The United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU, the Single Market and the Customs Union, created barriers to trade and cross-border exchanges that did not exist prior to 1 January 2021.

Consequences for public administrations, businesses and citizens were unavoidable, broad and far-reaching, even with the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement in place.

The Commission provided training and guidance to Member State administrations as well as stakeholders, and will continue to organise sectoral seminars with all Member States at technical level, to help fine-tune the implementation of readiness measures, in particular in the areas of border checks for persons and goods.

Regarding questions in respect of the application of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, citizens, associations and businesses can contact Europe direct Information service.

Moreover, the Commission provides for a single entry point where EU companies, trade organisations or non-governmental organisations can submit complaints on barriers to trade in non-EU countries, and about non-EU countries not meeting the commitments, including in the area of sustainable development, they have made in trade agreements.

Sectoral guidance notices

To assist, the Commission is reviewing – and where necessary updating – the over 100 sector-specific stakeholder preparedness notices it published during the Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom (these versions are available here). Those notices that have already been updated can be found underneath. They contain detailed information on what administrations, businesses and citizens have to do to prepare for the changes.

16 MARCH 2020
Air transport
English
(230.77 KB - PDF)
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8 APRIL 2020
Animal breeding (zootechnics)
English
(331.1 KB - PDF)
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1 APRIL 2020
Animal transport
English
(168.91 KB - PDF)
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7 JULY 2020
Asset management
English
(355.89 KB - PDF)
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26 MAY 2020
Audiovisual media services
English
(147.24 KB - PDF)
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18 DECEMBER 2020
Automotive CO2 emissions
English
(162.73 KB - PDF)
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9 AUGUST 2021
Aviation and maritime security
English
(165.66 KB - PDF)
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16 MARCH 2020
Aviation safety
English
(354.67 KB - PDF)
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7 JULY 2020
Banking and payment services
English
(325.41 KB - PDF)
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17 JUNE 2020
Biocidal products
English
(524.84 KB - PDF)
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30 MARCH 2020
Chemicals (REACH)
English
(264.3 KB - PDF)
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27 AUGUST 2020
Civil justice (“judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters”)
English
(331.96 KB - PDF)
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7 MAY 2020
Clinical trials
English
(261.55 KB - PDF)
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8 MARCH 2021
Company law
English
(164.07 KB - PDF)
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16 MARCH 2020
Consumer protection and passenger rights
English
(335.64 KB - PDF)
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23 JUNE 2020
Copyright
English
(249.57 KB - PDF)
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13 MARCH 2020
Cosmetic products
English
(334.28 KB - PDF)
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7 JULY 2020
Credit rating agencies
English
(303.36 KB - PDF)
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17 AUGUST 2020
Cultural goods (export and import)
English
(171.69 KB - PDF)
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23 DECEMBER 2020
Customs, incl. preferential origin rules
English
(708.83 KB - PDF)
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6 JULY 2020
Data protection
English
(152.44 KB - PDF)
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24 JULY 2020
Detergents
English
(409.22 KB - PDF)
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17 DECEMBER 2020
Drug precursors
English
(337.7 KB - PDF)
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16 SEPTEMBER 2020
Dual use export controls
English
(330.65 KB - PDF)
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26 MAY 2020
E-commerce
English
(150.54 KB - PDF)
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26 MAY 2020
E-signature (electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions)
English
(142.69 KB - PDF)
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14 JULY 2020
Eco-management and audit scheme (EMAS)
English
(232.6 KB - PDF)
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29 JUNE 2020
Electronic communications, incl. roaming
English
(217.95 KB - PDF)
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7 JULY 2020
Emissions trading system
English
(446.06 KB - PDF)
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23 JULY 2020
Energy - guarantees of origin and certification of installers
English
(379.78 KB - PDF)
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2 DECEMBER 2020
EU Competition law
English
(257.57 KB - PDF)
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26 MAY 2020
.eu domain names
English
(227.04 KB - PDF)
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26 JUNE 2020
EU Ecolabel
English
(307.36 KB - PDF)
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24 AUGUST 2020
Euratom
English
(273.11 KB - PDF)
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21 APRIL 2020
European Works Councils
English
(258.18 KB - PDF)
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10 DECEMBER 2020
Excise duties
English
(324.86 KB - PDF)
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25 JUNE 2020
Exhaustion of intellectual property rights
English
(152.29 KB - PDF)
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24 AUGUST 2020
Explosives for civil use and explosives precursors
English
(425.55 KB - PDF)
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17 JULY 2020
Export/import of hazardous chemicals (“prior informed consent”)
English
(336.59 KB - PDF)
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13 MARCH 2020
Feed
English
(263.18 KB - PDF)
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28 SEPTEMBER 2020
Fertilisers
English
(447 KB - PDF)
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15 SEPTEMBER 2020
Firearms
English
(276.07 KB - PDF)
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13 JULY 2020
Fluorinated greenhouse gases
English
(545.56 KB - PDF)
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13 MARCH 2020
Food law
English
(493 KB - PDF)
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1 APRIL 2020
Genetically-modified organisms
English
(324.83 KB - PDF)
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26 MAY 2020
Geo-blocking
English
(160.95 KB - PDF)
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6 JULY 2020
Geographical indications
English
(313.67 KB - PDF)
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19 JUNE 2020
Good laboratory practice (GLP)
English
(390.47 KB - PDF)
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13 MARCH 2020
Industrial products
English
(509.89 KB - PDF)
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21 SEPTEMBER 2020
Inland waterways
English
(311.34 KB - PDF)
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14 JULY 2020
Institutions for Occupational Retirement Provision
English
(478.84 KB - PDF)
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13 JULY 2020
Insurance/re-insurance
English
(443.97 KB - PDF)
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17 AUGUST 2020
Intellectual property enforcement by customs
English
(253 KB - PDF)
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12 FEBRUARY 2021
Internal energy market
English
(351.08 KB - PDF)
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22 JUNE 2020
“Invasive alien species”
English
(354.38 KB - PDF)
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13 JULY 2020
Investment services (markets in financial instruments)
English
(328.53 KB - PDF)
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17 AUGUST 2020
Landing of fishery products
English
(420.33 KB - PDF)
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4 JUNE 2020
Maritime transport
English
(258.18 KB - PDF)
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16 JULY 2020
Maritime transport - CO2 emissions reporting
English
(161.92 KB - PDF)
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13 MARCH 2020
Medicinal products (human use, veterinary)
English
(640.4 KB - PDF)
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