New on-demand videos are available for manufacturers in a drive to encourage them to act now and follow the new rules agreed as part of the UK’s free trade agreement with the EU.

The videos, being rolled out by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), are designed to help businesses take advantage of the deal, which maintains zero tariffs and zero quotas on trade in goods between the UK and EU.

Business sectors, including manufacturers will find videos on 14 priority topics including:

  • Importing and Exporting
  • Placing and selling goods on the market
  • Trade agreements
  • Operating Online
  • Data
  • Tariffs

Those manufacturers yet to take action are being urged not to delay any longer.

County Durham-based, Thomas Swan and Co Ltd started preparing early and is encouraging businesses to take action. The business is a performance and speciality chemical manufacturer, making products for many household disinfectants or rubber processing additives that go into tyres.

Owner and CEO, Harry Swan said: “Businesses can’t assume everything will be done for them and must act now to ensure they have the correct licenses to operate. About 30% of our goods are sold into the EU. We started planning early and were granted Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status by HMRC which helped us to export from 1 January 2021 by smoothing customs procedures and avoiding any surprises.

“We also set up a dedicated internal resource to focus on regulations, check what actions we needed to take under UK REACH and EU REACH to continue to manufacture and place chemicals on the GB, NI and EU markets. We have also ensured that our employees have the correct visa requirements.

“I would recommend other manufacturers use gov.uk and the new on-demand videos which have clear guidance to support business and help them begin to take advantage of the new trading arrangements.”

The company employs 176 people and has sales offices in Shanghai, China and Newark, USA.

Earlier this week, Business Minister Paul Scully set out a checklist of key actions all business may need to take relating to exporting goods, professional qualifications, hiring staff, business travel, intellectual property, and accounting and reporting.

Business that registered for previous webinars will receive an email encouraging them to visit the new updated website.

The best place for businesses to get support is
gov.uk/transition

Speak with your lawyer and accountant for more information, or answer questions using the checker tool to generate information tailored to your business, and to sign up for email updates.