Brexit: the current state of affairs

Brexit is happening. The United Kingdom has left the EU and we are currently in a transitional period until the end of 2020. Virtually nothing will change for companies and citizens during this time. However, this changes on 1 January 2021. For example, there will be additional controls and administration at the border between the UK and the EU.

Will you have to start declaring the goods you are importing or exporting? Are you totally prepared?

Impact on your company

Brexit will have a serious impact on companies in the Netherlands – and not only those doing direct business with the UK. Make sure you apply in time for an EORI number, which will be required. For more information, review the website of the Netherlands’ Tax and Customs Administration on what customs issues have to be dealt by the end of the year.

Do you have British employees? Make sure they’re properly registered in the Personal Records Database (Basisregistratie Personen, BRP). They also need to apply for a residence permit by 31 December 2020. This can be done online through the IND.


If you need assistance, call the Brexit desk of the Dutch government on 080 042 5200 or check the Brexit Loket website (only available in Dutch). 

If you are still not sure how your company may be affected by the changes ahead, you can also do the Brexit Impact Scan, which is also in Dutch.

For questions about residence permits, you can reach out to the account managers of IN Amsterdam (International Newcomers Amsterdam) for assistance. If you are an international business looking to establish your business in the Amsterdam Area please contact the amsterdam inbusiness team.

For extra information in English about Brexit, you can visit the Dutch government's website, or contact them here.

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