Can I continue to sell goods to the UK after Brexit?
You can continue to sell to the UK, but the EU now has a ‘third country’ status.
This means that EU-based manufacturers who sell to the UK need to identify a UK-based importer or appoint a UK-based authorised representative.
The address of the importer should be marked on the product or packaging.
Opting for a combination of an importer and an AR can be beneficial for the following reasons:
- Manufacturers will not have to share their technical documentation with their importer in the event of an UK-MSA action if they have an AR.
- Importers may be reluctant to deal with UK-MSA actions.
- Importers may prefer trading with manufacturers that have an appointed AR who deals with regulatory responsibilities, since this is not an area of expertise for most importers.