The UK's new relationship with the EU

This essential resource will help food and drink businesses understand the implications of the UK's new relationship with the EU and ensure you stay informed and up to date with the changes needed.

The UK/EU trade deal came into effect on 1 January 2021. There are many changes for those importing and exporting to and from the EU and also to and from Northern Ireland (as a result of the Northern Ireland Protocol).  

This page includes some useful guides to help food and drink companies trade effectively with the EU and Northern Ireland post Brexit. FDF members have access to a much wider range of resources and policy experts on areas including trade, regulation and workforce.

If you would like to find out more about how we can help you and the benefits of membership please contact the FDF Membership team.


The Food and Drink Federation seeks to ensure that information and guidance it provides are correct but accepts no liability in respect thereof. Such information and guidance are not substitutes for specific legal or other professional advice.

FDF UK – EU Member Surveys

FDF carries out regular surveys to better understand the challenges our members are facing on the implications of the UK's new relationship with the EU.

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EU Exit committee

EU Exit trade association roundtable

The EU Exit Committee provides a central point for FDF work on the UK’s exit from the EU. It helps to shape FDF’s overarching strategy and positioning on EU exit and helps to prioritise FDF action

For more information on joining these committees, please contact the the FDF Membership team.

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FDF Exporter of the Year Award – Entries are now open!

Is your company entering new markets, creating targeted products or growing sales in established markets?

Enter the FDF Awards – Exporter of the Year category before 28 February 2022, for your chance to win. It’s completely free to enter!

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Free support for FDF members via Open Borders Direct

We are pleased to partner with Open Borders Direct®, to provide FDF members with free 3-month Helpline access for any member who is struggling to make head or tails of the paperwork or processes in importing or exporting. The team at Open Borders Direct® are committed to finding an answer for you; all you have to do is sign up using the Trade Association dropdown to take advantage of your three months free subscription – no credit card details are needed to access this offer.

Note: All business relationships are between Open Borders Direct® and the client, not FDF. FDF receives a small commission from Open Borders Direct® for any FDF member signing up to use Open Borders Direct®

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EU Exit Food Hub

This site aims to provide a central source of information for agri-food businesses, drawn from official guidance on what the new arrangements between the UK and EU will mean. It is run by a range of food and drink partner organisations including the FDF.

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