We are trying to wade through all this paper work but there are a few things that you definitely need to action. These all assume a no deal brexit, but driving licences and all items below are the case for tours currently outwith the EU, so for those of you travelling to Australia shortly and planning on driving you all need an international driving permit.

  1. Your passport, you will need to have 6 months clear on your passport dates to be able to travel in Europe. 2 . Driving licence, you will likely need a international driving permit (IDP) to drive in Europe (remember this will include Ireland ) you find out more info here((https://www.gov.uk/guidance/driving-in-the-eu-after-brexit-international-driving-permits "") "here")There are 3 different types of IDP for different parts of Europe so make sure you have what you need before you go. They are available from the post office. You will need a passport photo and your driving licence to get one.
  2. You will need to secure an EORI number if you are moving goods, (so this is all your cd’s and merchandising as well as potentially your instruments). Those of you who are vat registered should automatically have been sent one, those of you who are not can get one by following this link
  3. We are applying for this now This will allow us to export goods (I think!) you need to have an EORI number to do this. Regulations are confusing and it seems that you can carry merchandising in your baggage see point no 5. But you should all read this and in my view apply for this anyway. You will need it anyhow if you are planning on importing goods for sale to Australia, Canada or other areas outwith the EU.
  4. Taking goods with you to sell abroad. You can take goods with you to sell abroad, if in the event of a no deal Brexit these are valued at under £900. You need to complete a customs declaration at the airport, not that complicated, but you will need to arrive earlier. Its here:https://www.gov.uk/take-goods-sell-abroad
  5. For the purpose of this section a T- Shirt is classed by code 6106 and sweatshirts by 6110 these are the commodity codes you need. CD’s are are classified under subheading code 8523 49 20 00. You will need these codes if you are couriering anything by DHL or another courier. You also need it for your invoice, so for example if you are invoicing a festival for sale of your cd’s and merchandising or couriering those items for sale you will need the above commodity codes. You can read more here. (https://www.gov.uk/starting-to-export/outside-eu "here") This is actually not that complicated, just time consuming.
  6. For those of you who are vat registered we have the deep joy of dealing with several rates of reclaiming vat in Europe VAT info
  7. Of course there is no information here on potential visa scenarios, which we are currently trying to determine, but the above should provide you with some useful information on preparing to trade overseas and export items for sale.

More later - deep joy!