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Border Delivery Group Update - 16 Oct

This bulletin provides an overview of the latest EU Exit information relating to UK borders from across UK Government.

As intermediaries and trade bodies who work with UK businesses, the role that you can play in helping the UK Government reach out to businesses and individuals is crucial.

As well as using this bulletin for your own contingency planning, you can help us reach your clients, customers and members prepare by forwarding this email on or sharing the content via existing channels.

For more information, go to GOV.UK/EUEXIT.

Operation Brock

The Government announced details of Operation Brock on Monday (14 October 2019).

It will go live on 28 October to manage any traffic disruption and help keep trade moving in and out of the UK.

The government has worked closely with the Kent Resilience Forum to implement the scheme, which will manage any delays to Europe-bound freight while protecting local roads from disruption.

Full guidance, including maps, is available here

Simplified Import Procedures

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has automatically registered 95,000 businesses for its simplified import procedures allowing most traders up to 6 months to pay import duties and submit customs declarations, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 31 October 2019.

HMRC has sent letters to these traders with further details of their TSP registration, and they only have to take a few simple extra steps – such as checking if their goods attract tariffs, and getting a Duty Deferment Account if they do – to make sure that they are ready for 31 October.

Further information can be found here

National listed status

The UK has secured approval to continue exporting animals and animal products to the EU if we leave without a deal on 31 October

Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers confirmed that EU member states have granted the UK ‘national listed status’, which ensures exports of live animals and products of animal origin, such as meat, fish and dairy, can continue.

The move recognises the UK’s high biosecurity and animal health standards and will bring welcome clarity to the country’s world-leading farmers and food producers.

Further information can be found here

HMRC Helpline

On Monday 16 September, HMRC launched the EU Exit Import and Export Trader Helpline for traders and hauliers importing from / exporting to the EU after October 31. 

The helpline number is 0300 3301 331. Lines will be open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday. Please make your members and stakeholders aware of this support line.

Helping hauliers prepare for Brexit

The Department for Transport is setting up information pop-up stands across the UK and Europe to help hauliers and businesses prepare for Brexit, so that goods can continue to flow smoothly through ports.

The pop-ups will be located at ports, service stations and on ferries to provide easily accessible advice, helping hauliers understand the documentation they need for themselves, their vehicles and their goods after Brexit.

All stands will be staffed by multilingual advisors.

Further advice for hauliers is available on GOV.UK.

Brexit preparedness workshops for businesses that export

Businesses will leave these workshops with a personalised action plan for Brexit preparedness. The workshops will provide advice on:

  • impact to supply chains
  • changes to regulations and contracts
  • where to find tariff information
  • what businesses might need to speak to customers and employees about

Find your nearest event and sign up: please note that locations are still being added.

HMRC webinars to help customers get ready for Brexit

HMRC is running Get Ready for Brexit webinars during October, which provide an overview of everything UK businesses involved in the movement of goods between the EU and the UK need to know to keep goods moving after 31 October.

Sign up for one of the webinars at Get Ready for Brexit.

For those unable to make any of the sessions, the webinar has been recorded on GOV.UK.

Nationwide government events launched to help businesses get ready for Brexit

Local businesses across the UK will receive tailored advice and support on preparing for Brexit on 31 October, as part of a series of nationwide events led by government.  The free events will combine a keynote address from senior government officials, advice stands and in-depth sessions to give businesses the information they need to get ready for Brexit

  • New Brexit Business Readiness Events Roadshow gets underway as part of the ‘Get Ready for Brexit’ campaign
  • Advisors from all relevant government departments will be at each event to provide practical advice and support to local businesses
  • Over 30 events spanning the UK will run for five weeks

For all venue locations (which we are continuing to update) and further details, please register here https://registration.livegroup.co.uk/BrexitBusinessReadinessEvents

We would really appreciate your support in sharing this website with your members.

EU based business trading goods to or via the UK

Following the UK’s exit from the EU, businesses must have the correct documents in place to enable goods to pass through controls at the UK and EU borders.

Border Delivery Group has arranged a series of webinars for EU businesses to provide clarity on what will be required to trade goods across the border.

Webinars include information on customs procedures at the border with relevant sector-specific content and a Q&A session.  Each webinar is for a duration of 90 minutes.

How to register for the webinars:  The link below will take you through to an Eventbrite page which provides details of upcoming webinars. Please select the appropriate webinar for your sector and register to confirm your attendance.  Please note   Further dates will be released in due course.

Access to supporting material and the facility to submit questions in advance of the webinar will be provided to all registered participants.

Link to Eventbrite & further details:   borderdeliverygroup.eventbrite.com

Local business readiness events

The Department for Business is holding a series of free face-to-face Business Readiness Events across the UK, to help businesses find out what actions they need to take to prepare for Brexit. The events include support and advice stands, with in-depth sessions led by subject matter experts from across government, including Defra, HMRC, Home Office and DCMS.

You will find out more about a range of issues, including:

  • the importing and exporting of goods and services
  • transferring data
  • employing EU citizens

Sign up to the events through the Brexit Business Readiness Events website.

Recent Guidance and Announcements

EU Exit guidance for agri-food stakeholders from Defra

Brexit readiness fund extended to help businesses to prepare

Businesses supplying medicines and medical devices: preparing for Brexit

Bringing goods to the UK from the EU through roll on roll off ports

Letters on no deal Brexit advice for businesses trading with the EU and/or the rest of the world

Port of Antwerp

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