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How the new Brexit rules affect you. Basic information and links to further reading.

The EU and the United Kingdom have agreed on a trade and cooperation agreement that came into force on 1 January 2021. The agreement states that import to and export from the UK will be handled as import and export to a country outside the EU. Therefore, trading with the UK, requires customs formalities and submitting customs declarations.

Trade in goods
Brexit at the Swedish Customs

The agreement also states that no duty will be levied, as long as the product meets the conditions of origin. If your goods do not meet the conditions of proof of origin, the UK customs tariff applies.

UK's new trade tariff at the UK government's website

The Free Trade Agreement also regulates trade in services and guarantees that most services sold from EU countries will be treated as domestic services in the UK and vice versa. However, mutual recognition of services no longer applies, which means that your service is not automatically approved in the UK. The Free Trade Agreement does not regulate all services. If you are unsure what applies to the services you sell, please contact the relevant Swedish and British authorities.

Trade in services

Transfer of data and personal data

Personal data may usually not be exported outside the EU. To do so, a so-called adequacy decision is required. This means that the country meets the EU level of protection for personal data. There is currently no such adequacy decision, but the EU has decided that personal data may be transferred to the UK for the first four months. This period can be extended by two months. The European Commission has not yet made an adequacy decision but intends to do so soon.

Read the fully agreement at the European Commission’s website
Brexit at the National Board of Trade (in Swedish)

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