Doing business in the UK after Brexit


On the 1st of January 2021 the transition period, which was agreed upon in the UK – EU withdrawal agreement, expired. Hence, a different set of rules will apply to the UK as the country is no longer an EU member. This includes extensive custom procedures, which will govern the trade between the two parties.

The EU and the UK have however agree upon a free trade agreement, which is a step towards simplified future trade between the UK and the bloc. This entails both new challenges and opportunities for Swedish companies, who will need to formulate their strategies with this new reality in mind if they want to remain competitive in the UK market.


Our FAQ page is your go-to destination for questions related to trade impacts from Brexit. Want to know how taxation will be affected next year or how to recruit staff? Find out if your question has already been answered.

Key perspectives from leading Swedish companies in the UK market

Basic guide to exporting to the UK as a third country

Rules governing export to third countries differ significantly from those governing trade within the EU customs union. Selling goods to UK is considered as export to a third country outside the EU customs area. In our guide you can read about the rules that apply to exports outside of the EU (in Swedish).

Even with a trade deal between EU and UK, the conditions trading with UK, not being a EU.member, are significantly different compared to before. The custom procedures and the trade deal itself comes with a whole set of rules for the companies to comply with.Mats Söderström, Trade and Customs Advisor, Trade Facilitation, Business Sweden
Mats Söderström
Companies that want to remain competitive in the UK need to continuously monitor changes to post-Brexit legislation and reformulate their strategies Gustaf Bergström, Trade & Invest Commissioner, UK & Ireland, Business Sweden
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