Are you involved in an industrial, construction or waste processing business? Do you import or export chemicals? The rules have changed on 1 January 2021. Make sure you know what to do.
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This information is based on the agreement between the EU and the UK.
Important to know
- Certain goods can be marked dual use goods. It means they have both a civic and a military use. You can continue to export many dual use goods.
- Check if you export dual use goods as defined in the regulation, and if you may continue to export them.
- Do you want to export dual use goods as defined in this regulation to the UK? Apply for an EU001-licence on the Dutch Customs CDIU (Central Facility for Import and Export) website. Contact the CDIU if you need assistance filling out the (Dutch language only) form.
- If your business is located inside the EU and deals with chemicals, the EU regulation REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of CHemicals) probably applies to you.
- The REACH and CLP helpdesk (only available in Dutch) has outlined several possible situations for EU and UK businesses.
- Businesses in the UK have to comply with the new UK-REACH legislation. Check out the British government website to find out how REACH registrations work in the UK.
- You can find additional information on the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) website.
- If you trade in pesticides in the UK, you must have them approved by the British Health and Safety Executive Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD).
- You can only sell, supply, use, store, and promote pesticides in the UK after approval.
- For more information, consult the Ctgb (Board for the Authorisation of Plant Protection Products and Biocides) website.
- You may not be allowed to provide your services in the UK anymore. Closely inspect any contracts concerning services that are strictly regulated, for instance legal or accounting services. For more information, check our sector-specific information.
- Do you contribute to industrial construction projects in the UK? Read the Brexit Impact Scan information on the Industry topic (in Dutch only).
- The United Kingdom has specific product requirements for packaging and the import and export of waste. The rules have changed.
- EU countries are no longer allowed to export waste to the UK for disposal purposes. They can continue to ship waste to the UK for recovery (recycling) purposes, provided the waste qualifies as non-notified waste under the Green List Control procedure.
- Closely follow the British instructions on import and export of waste to and from the United Kingdom. You can find additional information on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs website.
Q&A about the TCA
There is an extensive Q&A about the Brexit Trade Agreement available on the website of the European Commission. It explains what the new rules mean for different sectors, such as trade in goods, fisheries and road transport. There are nine chapters in total and you can search per sector. At the top you can choose your language. You can find answers to questions such as: What was agreed to facilitate trade in automotive? How does the Agreement contribute to trade and sustainable development? Will air carriers still have the same rights to operate between and within the EU and the UK? Note that this Q&A was published in December 2020 and therefore speaks of a draft agreement.
- FME is the technological industries businesses organisation. It represents some 2,200 companies active in the metals, electronics, electrotechnical and plastics sector.
- The Koninklijke Metaalunie represents SME businesses in the metal sector.
- For more information on the new rules for chemicals, visit the website of the Vereniging van de Nederlandfse Chemische Industrie VNCI.
- NOGEPA is the Nederlandse Olie en Gas Exploratie en Productie Associatie.
- With over 4,000 organisations, Bouwend Nederland is the largest construction sector organisation.
- The Vereniging Afvalbedrijven represents the entire waste disposal en recycling chain in the Netherlands. It has over 50 members.
- Employer organisation VNO-NCW connects around 155 sector organisations.
- MKB Nederland represents circa 170,000 SME businesses in the Netherlands.
Statistics: import and export of goods
Value of goods imported to the Netherlands from the United Kingdom and of goods exported from the Netherlands to the United Kingdom.