EU Exit for Construction

Top 3 Tips Construction Companies Need to Take to Get Ready for EU Exit

Construction – Let’s get going

Construction companies are being urged to get going on key actions as the UK counts down to its new trading relationship with the EU after 31 December.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is holding a further series of webinars throughout November to help businesses understand the important actions they need to take to be ready by the end of the transition period.

Webinars are free and, depending on the topic being covered, take between 45-90 minutes. They will cover issues including conformity assessment.

Here are the top three actions construction companies need to be taking to be ready for 1 January 2021.

  1. If you are planning to recruit from overseas from 1 January 2021, you will need to register as a licensed visa sponsor

If you are not already a licensed sponsor and you think you will want to sponsor migrants through the skilled worker route from January 2021, you should apply now. You may not be able to legally hire people from outside the UK unless you are a licensed sponsor.

Find out more about hiring from the EU.

  1. Check the new rules on importing and exporting goods between the EU and Great Britain from 1 January 2021

Your business could face delays, disruption or administrative costs if you do not comply with new customs procedures from 1 January 2021.

Learn more about importing and exporting.

  1. Check if a visa or work permit is required to travel to the EU for work purposes and apply if necessary  

You may face delays or refusal at border when travelling for business if you do not comply with the immigration requirements of the EU27 when travelling from 1 January 2021.

Find out more about visas and work permits.

Further information 

To register for upcoming webinars, or to watch previous sector-specific webinars on demand, visit

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

See more on the EU from Skill Builder.

About Dylan Garton

Dylan Garton is a co-founder, video producer and editor for the Skill Builder social media platforms.

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