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Trading under the mutual recognition principle if there’s no Brexit deal

How importing and exporting non-harmonised goods would be affected if the UK leaves the EU with no deal.

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If the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 without a deal, find out how this would affect trading in non-harmonised goods, which are regulated by individual EU countries rather than centrally by the EU.

Non-harmonised goods are regulated on a national level. In some cases EU countries do not regulate these goods at all, although there is a general requirement for products to be safe. A harmonised good is one that is covered by product-specific, common rules across the whole of the EU.

For the purposes of this notice, references to EU countries should also be taken to apply to other countries which participate in the EU internal market (Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland).

Published 13 September 2018