The UK signed a Trade & Cooperation Agreement (TDA) with the EU before the end of the Transition Period, on 31 December.


One of the important changes is Rules of Origin. Rules of Origin concerns where a product was manufactured and determines the ‘economic nationality’ of a good for international trade.

Businesses need to know about them because the Trade and Cooperation Agreement means they can trade with the EU without paying tariffs – but only if their product meets the relevant Rules of Origin.

To export tariff-free into the EU traders must check their goods meet the Rules of Origin requirements set out in the Trade and Cooperation Agreement and have the right documentation.


Check the links below to confirm the requirements for your goods and to find out more about the support available:


  - Check for details on how to claim preferential (zero) tariffs, and see the documentation you’ll need to complete. 

  - Read the full guidance on meeting Rules of Origin when trading with the EU.

  - Check the TCA legal text to see which rules apply to your goods (Chapter 2 as well as Annexes ORIG-1 to ORIG-4 will be most useful).


Rules of Origin is one of the topics explained in the new on demand videos which focus on priority topics for businesses. The first page allows you to select the sector you operate in.

For an overview of the actions your business needs to take, you can take advantage of the Brexit Checker tool on


For any further queries or general business advice you can contact the Government's business support helplines, or ask customs and tax related queries and other border related queries on one of the BEIS online forums.


For moving goods into, out of, or through Northern Ireland, there is specific guidance and training, from the Trader Support Service.



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