Preparing for a ‘no deal’ Brexit

It is not yet clear whether the UK will leave the European Union with or without a deal.
We do not currently know what a deal looks like but we do know what ‘no deal’ looks like and HM Government is attempting to prepare companies for that eventuality. UKFT is doing everything it can to make this process easier for fashion and textile exporters (and importers) by posting the most important documents and links here.
These are not the only ones but they are the most important for our industry. We will update them as information becomes available.

  • If you import or export to or from the EU you MUST register for an EORI number.
  • If there is a no deal Brexit you will not be able to trade with the EU without an EORI number.
  • If you do not have an EORI number your goods will be stopped at EU customs.
  • You will need an EORI number by 11pm on the 29 March. It can take up to three days to be issued with an EORI number so you should apply now.

Registering for an EORI number is very simple and can be done here.
Having an EORI number allows you to:

  • trade goods into or out of the UK.
  • apply to be authorised for customs simplifications and procedures.
  • submit import and export declarations using software.

HM Government has produced a series of guides for businesses that trade with the EU in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit. These cover:

As a member of the EU, the UK currently participates in around 40 free trade agreements with over 70 countries. Here is the latest guidance on: Existing free trade agreements if there is a ‘no deal’ Brexit.
The European Commission has also produced its own checklist for exporters to the UK but this would also be of interest for UK brands and retailers manufacturing in or buying from the EU. Among other things, the document states: Customs duties will apply to goods entering the EU from the UK, without preferences. Authorisations for customs simplifications or procedures, such as customs warehousing issued by the UK will no longer be valid in the EU27.
Finally, it also highlights that member states will charge VAT at importation of goods from the UK, exports to the UK will be exempt of VAT but UK VAT will be due on arrival.
There is no information on what the impact will be on trade-show costs.
HM Government has produced a series of specific consumer goods documents relating to a ‘no deal’ Brexit. The latest information is here.
UKFT has a complete list of the likely WTO tariff rates for fashion and textile products in the event of a ‘no deal’ scenario. For information or advice on tariff rates, UKFT members should contact
Read more about what the new EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA)means for UK fashion and textiles here.
CITES: Do you import or export items covered by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES)? These might be for example: vicuna yarn & other products, alligator hide or skin, certain furs or certain reptile skins. The latest guidance on trading and moving endangered species protected by CITES if there is no withdrawal deal is here.
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