Trading with the UK in the post-Brexit era – Pitfalls and opportunities

28 January 2021 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm CEST

Four and a half years after the Brexit referendum, the EU and UK finalised a new Trade & Cooperation Agreement on Christmas Eve. The deal provides businesses with much needed certainty and clarity regarding the legal framework for trade with the UK from 2021 onwards. The Agreement has been provisionally applied since 1 January 2021. While tariffs and quotas on goods trade were generally (and mercifully) avoided, new customs and immigration rules and procedures are in force, and several “grey areas” in regulation and data treatment remain to be clarified. 

Meanwhile, manufacturers/producers and transport providers are moving ahead to implement the new rules. Inevitably, much of this is “learning by doing”, and the first weeks of business since 1 January have begun to show some of the realities and obstacles that Brexit has brought. Companies have discovered that the Agreement has created several (expected and unexpected) operational changes that make trade more difficult than before. Some businesses have even decided to discontinue their activities across the English Channel. 

Deloitte continues to host regular business webinars on Brexit and our next event will address the following issues: 

  • What has happened since New Year’s Day?
  • What is covered in the Agreement, and what not? 
  • What do Belgian companies and public agencies see as the main issues so far? 
  • How are things perceived on the UK side? 
  • Why are certain goods subject to tariffs or even blocked at the EU-UK border, despite the new Agreement? 


  • All the questions that you as businesses want to ask

Deloitte’s Brexit experts will share their experiences and give advice on how to navigate the new situation. The webinar will also feature testimonials from Belgian companies conducting trade with the UK, Kristian Vanderwaeren (Administrator General of the Belgian Customs Authorities), Patrick Van Cauwenberghe (Trade Facilitation Director at the Port of Zeebrugge), and Ian Stewart, (Chief Economist at Deloitte UK). 

So please join us for our Brexit webinar on 28 January 2021. 

All businesses that trade with or operate in the UK will find the event useful to help them adapt to the “new Brexit normal” that 2021 brings. The focus, as always, will be very practical. 

Agenda and speakers


Introduction and setting the scene

Richard Doherty, Deloitte Belgium Brexit Advisor


EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement - Highlights

Richard Doherty, Deloitte Belgium Brexit Advisor


Insights from Belgian companies

Daan De Vlieger


Insights from Customs Authorities

Kristian Vanderwaeren, Administrator General, Belgian Customs Authorities


Insights from Port of Zeebrugge

Patrick Van Cauwenberghe, Trade Facilitation Director, Port of Zeebrugge


UK business reaction and economic impact

Ian Stewart, Deloitte UK Chief Economist


Your questions 

Deloitte Brexit experts



Richard Doherty, Deloitte Belgium Brexit Advisor

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