On this page, you will find regular updates, links to information, training and guidance available to you to support your work through the transition period.  Should you have any questions or need something specific, please contact us supc@reading.ac.uk 

Brexit: What the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement means for supply chains


Brexit Briefing Paper – After the EU: What we know, what we don’t and what we’re hoping for

To aid buyers across the UK public sector, BiP Solutions’ Procurement Advice and Support Service (PASS) is providing access to a range of briefings specifically relating to procurement, designed to help buyers to navigate the changes and challenges that lie ahead – ensuring that they are able to work effectively, compliantly and responsively in a dynamic and fast-changing environment.

This briefing takes a high-level look at what we know is changing, the key proposals in the Green Paper and a few things we hope may come to fruition as the changes are enacted.


SUPC – Additional Guidance

15th December – SUPC has put together some additional guidance outlining considerations re Brexit.  Please note, this information is for guidance only and brings together resources from a range of sources.  Where appropriate, members should seek legal and/or financial guidance.

You can find the following documents below:

BUFDG and HEPA Guide –
Imports of Goods from January 2021

BUFDG and HEPA have released guidance for universities to use when purchasing/importing goods from outside the UK from 1 January 2021. Sections 3 and 4 of the guide, in particular, have been suggested for colleagues in Procurement and Purchasing. The guide will be updated as more information becomes available. (You will need to login to the BUFDG website to access the guide)


Brexit Risk Management Report

The UK Universities Purchasing Consortia (UKUPC) has worked collaboratively to develop a spreadsheet detailing the perceived Brexit risks associated with the supply of products and services from Framework contracts.

The latest version has been shared with all Heads of Procurement and is also available on request. This report will be updated regularly with any new information provided by suppliers.

The questions which have been raised with suppliers are available to download below should you wish to adopt a similar approach with locally contracted suppliers.


Guidance on importing goods after 1 January 2021

Find out how to declare goods brought into Great Britain from the EU by entering the details in your own records without getting authorisation in advance.


Preparing for the end of the Transition Period – 
A Guide for Universities

Universities UK (UUK) has published a briefing for universities on how to prepare for the end of the transition period in the event that there is no UK-EU agreement on a future relationship by that point. This briefing covers a range of issues including immigration rule changes and the impact on research collaboration and student mobility.


Additional Resources

SUPC has undertaken some initial research to determine web-resources which may be of help re the pending changes. If institutions are importing goods directly, some of the links below may prove informative.  (If buying goods through framework suppliers, or their suppliers, it will be the responsibility of the company to sort out import duties and so on.)


Events and Training


Slides & Recording

In the recording below Mills & Reeve’s public procurement experts sketch the shape of public procurement in the UK once the transition period has expired and the UK has fully left the EU, as well as offering some thoughts about possible future directions for procurement law in light of the Green Paper on procurement law reform. 


The recording and slides from HEPA’s Time to Talk: Do You Need to Pay Duty on the Import of goods from the EU? EU Trade Deal and Rules of Origin have been made available

  • a copy of the slides is available here
  • and a recording of the time to talk is available here

The recording and slides from HEPA’s Time to Talk: Brexit and Procurement with Clyde & Co. have been made available.

  • a copy of the slides is available here
  • and a recording of the time to talk is available here