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Border Delivery Group Latest Updates

External Stakeholder Enquires - 03/06/2019

External stakeholder queries - fish

All queries from external stakeholders about fish exports should be sent to: FishEUexit@defra.gov.uk

External stakeholder queries - other animal exports

All queries from external stakeholders about animal imports should be sent to: imports@apha.gov.uk  and for exports (non-fish) should be sent to: ssc.carlisle@apha.gov.uk

The mailbox BFPEUExit.ImportsExports@defra.gov.uk, will not be monitored beyond 31st May.

BDG - April Updates

Border Delivery Group Update - 09/04/2019

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

The UK and the EU have agreed a short extension of Article 50.

If Parliament does not agree a deal, the revised date/time for the UK to leave the EU is 11pm UK time (23:00) on 12 April (midnight Brussels time).

The Government is continuing with no deal preparations to ensure the country is prepared for every eventuality. It is the responsible thing to do.

We are providing information and advice for businesses and citizens to ensure they can also prepare for EU Exit. 

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.

Contents of this update:


HMRC EU Exit webinars for UK businesses trading with the EU

HMRC are holding EU Exit webinars for UK businesses trading with the EU. The webinars will cover what UK businesses need to know to keep imports and exports up to speed, and identify the key steps to continue trading with EU businesses. They cover important actions that businesses trading with the EU must take now, including registering for a UK trader number (known as an EORI number) and understanding how to complete customs declarations for all future international trade.

The webinars this week will take place on:

  • Wednesday 10 April, 14:00 – 15:00
  • Thursday 11 April, 11:00 – 12:00

Businesses can register to attend at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/6082815381991713793?source=Apr-HMRC-Stakeholders

You can watch a recorded version of the latest webinar here.


Updated EORI guidance

HMRC has updated its guidance on getting a UK Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number to trade into and out of the UK.

If you have an EORI number that does not start with GB, you need to get one now if you’re going to trade goods into or out of the UK after the UK leaves the EU.

It could take three days to get a UK EORI number, so you should apply now.

You can apply here.


Preparing your business for a no deal EU Exit: guidance and communication products

Detailed guidance is available on GOV.UK for businesses on how to prepare for leaving the EU with no deal. The guidance includes:

You can also use the prepare your business or organisation for the UK leaving the EU tool to find out what your business or organisation may need to do to prepare for the UK leaving the EU; what’s changing in your industry; information on specific rules and regulations.

Please share these pages with your customers and stakeholders to encourage them to prepare

for a no deal EU Exit. There are also a range of communication products you can use to do this, including:

Go to GOV.UK to access these guidance pages and communications products.


Employer bulletin: EU Exit edition

HMRC has published an EU Exit edition of the employer bulletin. This edition has important information on a range of issues that businesses and citizens need to be aware of should the UK leave the EU without a deal. It includes information on:

  • Changes for UK employers sending workers to the EU, the EEA or Switzerland in a no deal situation
  • Preparing your business for EU Exit
  • Access to benefits if the UK leaves the EU without a deal
  • Customs Training and IT Grants scheme
  • EU Settlement Scheme

Communications toolkit for partners on travelling to the UK after EU Exit

A cross-Government communications toolkit on travelling to the UK after EU Exit is now available for partners to use.

The aim of the campaign is to:

  • Reassure EU citizens that they can continue to travel to the UK;
  • Direct travellers to the UK towards www.gov.uk/guidance/visiting-the-uk-after-brexit to understand what will and will not change;
  • Encourage travellers to take action to prepare for these changes.

The communications toolkit sets out the main areas of policy for travellers to the UK, and the range of digital communications products you can use to engage with your customers and stakeholders on these areas.

You can access the toolkit here

For additional products specific to ports and airports, please access the toolkit here



Border Delivery Group Update - 02/04/2019

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

The UK and the EU have agreed a short extension of Article 50.

If Parliament does not agree a deal, the revised date/time for the UK to leave the EU is 11pm UK time (23:00) on 12 April (midnight Brussels time).

The Government is continuing with no deal preparations to ensure the country is prepared for every eventuality. It is the responsible thing to do.

We are providing information and advice for businesses and citizens to ensure they can also prepare for EU Exit. 

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.

Contents of this update:


Communications pack on roll on roll off ports and Eurotunnel in a no deal scenario

HMRC have published materials to help stakeholders inform their customers about changes at roll on roll off ports and Eurotunnel if the UK laves the EU without a deal. This includes:

Go to GOV.UK for the full communications pack.

Border Delivery Group have also published a more detailed supporting document that outlines the requirements of UK Government for goods entering or leaving the UK through roll on roll off ports. You can access it online here.


HMRC EU Exit webinars for UK businesses trading with the EU

HMRC are holding EU Exit webinars for UK businesses trading with the EU. The webinars will cover what UK businesses need to know to keep imports and exports up to speed, and identify the key steps to continue trading with EU businesses. They cover important actions that businesses trading with the EU must take now, including registering for a UK trader number (known as an EORI number) and understanding how to complete customs declarations for all future international trade.

The webinars will take place on:

  • Thursday 4 April, 10:00 – 11:00
  • Thursday 4 April, 15:00 – 16:00
  • Friday 5 April, 10:00 – 11:00
  • Friday 5 April, 13:00 – 14:00

Businesses can register to attend at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/6082815381991713793?source=Apr-HMRC-Stakeholders


EU requirements for importing and exporting

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, customs processes and documentation for importing and exporting goods will change.

EU countries may impose different requirements on their side of the border. Carrying goods that do not complying with EU requirements could result in delays or penalties.

Please use the below links to familiarise yourself with these new processes:


Impact for VAT and services in the event of a no deal EU Exit

As part of no deal preparations, HMRC has published technical notices on customs, excise and VAT as well as a collection of guides for businesses – Trading with the EU if the UK leaves a deal.

HMRC have now published an impact assessment that covers the impact on businesses of amendments to existing VAT legislation and the introduction of transitional provides for the supply of services between the UK and the EU.

Go to GOV.UK for the full impact assessment to find out how these changes might impact your business.


Further guidance for importing into Northern Ireland from Ireland

HMRC have published new guidance for businesses who move goods from Ireland to Northern Ireland if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Use this guidance to help you prepare for a no deal EU Exit, and share this with other businesses who move goods from Ireland to Northern Ireland.

Go to GOV.UK for the full collection of guidance for trading with the EU.


UK Product Safety and Metrology Guidance in a no deal scenario

If the UK leaves the EU on Exit Day without a deal, 36 different sets of existing product safety and metrology legislation will be amended by the Product Safety and Metrology etc. (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019. The changes will be limited and will not introduce

a new policy regime. This guidance explains them, clarifying what businesses will need to know and what they will need to do differently. It does not cover legislation sponsored by the Health and Safety Executive or the Northern Ireland Office.


Placing manufactured goods on the EU and UK markets if there is no deal

When the UK leaves the EU there may be changes to the requirements for placing certain products on the UK and EU markets. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy have published two new pieces of guidance.

Go to GOV.UK for the full guidance on regulations and standards after Brexit.


Trailer registration for hauliers

From 28 March 2019 if you have a commercial trailer and you plan to use it abroad, you will need to register it by using the DVLA’s ‘Register your trailer to take it abroad’ service. This came into force as the UK signed up to the UN 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Traffic.


Update on veterinary medicine supply in a no deal EU Exit

Further details are available of the preparations underway to minimise disruption to the supply of veterinary medicines in a no deal EU exit: www.gov.uk/government/news/update-on-veterinary-medicine-supply-in-a-no-deal-eu-exit


BDG - March Updates

Border Delivery Group Update - 26/03/2019

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

The UK and the EU have agreed a short extension of Article 50. If Parliament backs the Brexit deal we will leave the EU by 22 May.

If Parliament does not agree a deal, the revised date/time for the UK to leave the EU is 11pm UK time (23:00) on 12 April (midnight Brussels time).

The Government is continuing with no deal preparations to ensure the country is prepared for every eventuality. It is the responsible thing to do.

We are providing information and advice for businesses and citizens to ensure they can also prepare for EU Exit. 

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.

Contents of this update:


Extension of Transitional Simplified Procedures

HMRC is extending arrangements already announced for traders to use Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP) which will make importing easier. This includes:

  • an extension of the date when the first supplementary customs declarations must be submitted, and any import duties must be paid, to 4 October 2019, with subsequent declarations submitted monthly;
  • making TSP available at all UK ports if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

TSP is designed for businesses importing goods to the UK from the EU that may be new to import declarations. Once they have registered for an EORI number they can take the simple next step and register for TSP. Both are free and quick to do.

HMRC is urging all importers to make the necessary preparations should we leave the EU without a deal.

Go to GOV.UK for the full news story and more information.


Roll on Roll off Day 1 No Deal External Business Requirements

Border Delivery Group has published a detailed document outlining the requirements of UK Government for movements entering or leaving the UK through Roll-on Roll-off (RoRo) ports. This document brings together the key requirements from across HMG Departments.

The document has now been updated to include:

  • Merchandise in Baggage (MiB) process at RoRo ports;
  • Transitional Simplified Procedures.

Please communicate this document widely with your own stakeholders and customer networks to make them aware of this additional information.

Please let us know if you have any questions or queries by getting in touch here.

The document is attached to this email. Alternatively you can access it online here.


Leaving the EU: Advice for SMEs

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have published a leaflet with information to help small businesses prepare for when the UK leaves the EU.

The leaflet is attached to this email. Please share this with small businesses you engage with to encourage them to take action to prepare.


Tariff videos

The Department for International Trade (DIT) have created three informative videos that can be

shared with members and supply chains to answer queries on tariffs.

There are videos on:


Factsheets from the European Commission

The European Commission has published a number of factsheets to help businesses and citizens prepare for a no deal EU Exit. These include factsheets on:

  • Travelling between the UK and the EU in the event of “no deal”
  • The rights of UK nationals living in the EU in the event of “no deal”
  • The rights of EU citizens living in the UK in the event of “no deal”
  • Consumer rights in the event of “no deal”
  • Studying and volunteering in the UK in the event of “no deal”
  • Preparing for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union the day UK leaves EU

You can use these factsheets to help you prepare for a no deal EU Exit.


Import VAT on parcels in the event of a no deal EU Exit

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 12 April 2019, there will be changes to the rules for reporting and paying import VAT for sellers outside the UK.

HMRC have published a communications pack to help stakeholders inform their customers about changes to the rules for reporting and paying import VAT on parcels for sellers outside the UK.

This toolkit provides an overview of the changes, and includes resources to share with your members, clients or customers to help them get ready for the changes. The toolkit does not contain any information that is new or hasn’t already been published elsewhere.

Go to GOV.UK for the communications toolkit and to read the full guidance on the changes.


Bringing merchandise from or to the UK in baggage or small motor vehicle

If you bring goods into or take goods out of the UK in your baggage or a small motor vehicle, and you intend to use them for business, you must declare your goods and pay import duty and VAT before you move them across the border.

Go to GOV.UK for more information on importing, exporting, making declarations, and getting duty and VAT refunds.


HMRC webinars for UK businesses trading with the EU

HMRC recently ran a live webinar to help UK businesses trading with the EU to keep imports and exports up to speed in case of a no deal EU Exit. The recording of the live webinar session held on 22 March 2019 is now available online for you to view.

This webinar talks about the 5 key areas UK businesses need to be aware of: from how to register for an Economic Operator and Identification (EORI) number and Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP), to preparing to make customs declarations, what Entry Summary Declarations (also known as safety and security declarations) are, and paying the correct import and export duty and VAT.

As guidance is updated frequently, we recommend that you keep up to date by checking regularly on https://www.gov.uk/euexit or by reading the EU Exit partnership pack on GOV.UK.

For more information search for the ‘Prepare your business for the UK leaving the EU’ tool on GOV.UK today.


Continued EU access for UK airlines, hauliers and bus and coach operators agreed

On 19 March EU Ministers formally adopted laws which mean UK airlines, hauliers and passenger bus and coach operators will continue to be able to provide services to and from the EU in a ‘no deal’ scenario.

For UK hauliers, this means permits will not be required for the vast majority of journeys to the EU until the end of 2019. ECMT permits will enable hauliers to transit the EU to third countries.

Operators of regular bus and coach services who have existing authorisations can also continue to provide services between the UK and the EU until the end of 2019.

The UK has already announced that it will grant equivalent access to the UK for EU airlines, hauliers and passenger transport operators. This will ensure vital supply chains and connections are maintained.

Go to GOV.UK for the full news story and additional information.


Goods on the market: An update from the European Commission

The European Commission has published the following guidance: EC guidance on goods on the market. This addresses various aspects of EU Food law after exit, including clarification on their interpretation of goods placed on the market:

“If an individual food product has been placed on the EU-27 market before the withdrawal date, i.e. it has been (a) held in the EU27 for the purpose of sale, including offering for sale or any other form of transfer, whether free of charge or not; or (b) sold, distributed, of transferred by other forms to the EU27, this “stock” of food can continue to be sold, distributed or transferred in the EU27 as of the withdrawal date without the need for labelling changes”

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) are working on updating gov.uk guidance with this new information.


Border Delivery Group Update - 20/03/2019

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

Leaving the EU with a deal remains the Government’s top priority. This has not changed. However, the UK Government must plan for every eventuality including no deal. Without a deal, businesses may need to take action before 29 March 2019.

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.

Contents of this update:


Avoiding a hard border in Northern Ireland in a no deal scenario

The government has set out its approach to avoiding a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

The unique social, political and economic circumstances of Northern Ireland must be reflected in any arrangements that apply in a no deal scenario.

On 13 March government confirmed a strictly unilateral, temporary approach to checks, processes and tariffs in Northern Ireland. This would apply if the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 29 March.

The UK government would not introduce any new checks or controls on goods at the land border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, including no customs requirements for nearly all goods.

The UK temporary import tariff also announced on 13 March (details below) would therefore not apply to goods crossing from Ireland into Northern Ireland.

Go to GOV.UK for more information and detail on the specific changes proposed.


Temporary tariff regime for no deal EU Exit

Government has published details of the UK’s temporary tariff regime for no deal, designed to minimise costs to business and consumers while protecting vulnerable industries.

This regime is temporary, and the government would closely monitor the effects of these tariffs on the UK economy. It would apply for up to 12 months while a full consultation and review on a permanent approach to tariffs is undertaken.

British businesses would not pay customs duties on the majority of goods when importing into the UK if we leave the European Union without an agreement.

Under the temporary tariff, 87% of total imports to the UK by value would be eligible for tariff free access. Tariffs would still apply to 13% of goods imported into the UK.

You can find more information in the news story, or the full guidance.


Guidance from French customs authorities for UK businesses in the event of a no deal EU Exit

French customs authorities have published guidance for UK businesses in the event of a no deal EU Exit.

If the UK leaves the EU with no deal Brexit customs formalities and controls at the border between France and the UK will be reinstated for goods.

Any exchange of goods between France and the UK, both for imports and exports, will be subjected to two customs declarations, one to British Customs and one to French Customs.

Two pieces of guidance from the French Customs and Excise helps UK businesses to prepare for the new arrangements:

  • Anticipate your customs declarations for a hassle-free crossing
  • Preparing for Brexit: French customs guidelines

Go to GOV.UK to access the guidance and for more information.


MAKE UK: No Deal EU Exit webinar link

On 13 March MAKE UK and UK Government held a no deal EU Exit workshop: ‘Everything you need to know on customs, excise and VAT post Brexit’.

The purpose of the workshop was for UK Government officials to provide advice and guidance on customs procedures and facilitations for traffic between the UK and the rest of Europe, should the UK leave the EU without a deal.

You can view a recording of the webinar here.


Import VAT on parcels

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have published guidance to help you find out about import value added tax (VAT) on parcels, if you are outside of the UK and sell goods to UK buyers, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

When the UK leaves the EU, if you are based outside the UK and sell goods to UK buyers that are worth £135 or less, you must pay import VAT.

To pay import VAT you can either:

  • register with HMRC to report and pay the import VAT due yourself
  • pay a parcel operator that offers a service to pay import VAT to HMRC on your behalf

Go to GOV.UK for additional guidance.


Accounting for import VAT if the UK leaves the EU without a deal

If the UK leaves the EU with no deal businesses registered for VAT in the UK will be able to account for import VAT on their VAT return rather than pay when, or soon after, the goods arrive at the UK border.

This will apply to goods from both EU and non-EU countries and will help businesses currently moving goods into the UK from other EU member states to reduce any cash flow impacts after the UK leave the EU.

Businesses or individuals who are not VAT registered in the UK will not be able to account for import VAT in this way. They’ll need to pay import VAT up front at the time of import.

In the event of a no deal EU Exit, all businesses importing goods into the UK will need a UK Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number.

Go to GOV.UK for additional guidance.


Exporting controlled goods after EU Exit

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have published additional guidance explaining what will change for exporters of controlled goods if the UK leaves the EU with no deal.

Controlled goods are regulated through a system of export licensing and include:

  • military items
  • dual-use items (items with both civil and military uses)
  • firearms
  • items that can be used for torture or capital punishment

Go to GOV.UK for further guidance.


Expansion of ePassport gates

As part of the Spring Statement last Wednesday, the Chancellor announced the expansion of ePassport gates to nationals from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the United States of America from June 2019. Citizens of these countries will also be exempt from the landing card requirement from June.

You can read more information about the announcement here.



Border Delivery Group Update - 12/03/2019

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

Leaving the EU with a deal remains the Government’s top priority. This has not changed. However, the UK Government must plan for every eventuality including no deal. Without a deal, businesses may need to take action before 29 March 2019.

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.

Contents of this update:


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

HMRC sent a letter to VAT-registered businesses trading with the rest of the world, or the EU and the rest of the world. It explains actions to take to prepare for changes to customs and VAT procedures if there is no deal:

  • getting a UK Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number
  • Transitional Simplified Procedures for customs
  • customs facilitations
  • moving goods within the EU using the Common Transit Convention
  • further controls for exports
  • changes to accounting for VAT
  • VAT registration checks
  • EU VAT refunds

Poster/leaflet available to help traders prepare for a no deal EU Exit

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, from 29 March 2019 traders will need to follow new processes, and may need new documents, to use the channel crossings or transport goods to and from the EU.

The Border Delivery Group have published a multi-use leaflet/poster to help you prepare for a no deal EU exit – please see attached to this bulletin. This provides guidance on the key steps that importers and exporters will need to take.

Please share these products with your own stakeholders, customers and members to encourage traders to prepare.

The product is attached, and will soon also be on GOV.UK where you can find additional communications resources and links to help you support your customers in preparing for a no deal EU Exit.


Statutory Instruments relating to EU Exit laid in 2019

On GOV.UK you can find more information about the Statutory Instruments (SIs) relating to EU Exit that have been laid in 2018 and 2019.

Use the following links to access SIs for:


Apply for an ECMT permit by 23:59 on 16 March

You might need European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT) permits to transport goods in the EU and European Economic Area (EEA) from 11pm on 29 March 2019 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

The UK has secured an additional allocation of ECMT permits. Hauliers who have not previously applied for permits have until 23:59 on the 16th of March to apply. Those who have previously applied will be considered automatically so there is no need to reapply.

Go to GOV.UK for more information and to apply.


French customs guidelines: guidance for UK businesses that move goods between the UK and France on how to prepare for new customs procedures in the event of a no deal EU exit

If the UK leaves the EU with no deal on 29 March 2019 Brexit customs formalities and controls at the border between France and the UK will be reinstated for goods.

Any exchange of goods between France and the UK, both for imports and exports, will be subjected to two customs declarations, one to British Customs and one to French Customs.

This guidance from the French Customs and Excise helps UK businesses to prepare for the new arrangements.

You can see the full guidance here.


New sector factsheets to prepare for EU Exit

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, there may be changes that affect your business. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy have published additional sector factsheets, to help you prepare for a no deal EU Exit. They bring together the top issues for each sector and provide guidance.

New factsheets are now available online for the following sectors:

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) have also published sector factsheets for:

Please forward these links to your stakeholders that work in these industries to help them prepare for a no deal EU Exit.


UK Travellers to the EU – communication resources for you to use

Leaving the EU means a number of changes that will affect businesses and individual citizens. Prepare for EU Exit is a UK government campaign to inform British people about how to prepare and the steps they may need to take. You may have already seen the advertising in newspapers, and on billboards and buses.

The UK travellers to the EU strand of the campaign, led by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), aims to reach British people to:

  • Inform them that EU Exit could affect their travel

  • Encourage them to find official information on gov.uk/euexit and take appropriate action before they travel.

FCO have developed a campaign pack for partners like you to use to extend the campaign’s reach. This pack provides UK government communications advice and content for a range of issues relevant to UK nationals travelling to the EU.

Use this link to access the pack, and check regularly that you have the latest version. Please get in touch via email if you have any questions.


Launch date for the EU Settlement Scheme confirmed

The EU Settlement Scheme will launch in full on 30 March 2019. The EU Settlement Scheme makes it easy for EU citizens and their family members to get the UK immigration status they need after we leave the EU. Additional changes to the Immigration Rules for the roll-out of the Scheme also confirmed that:

  • EU citizens will be able to apply, free of charge, from within the UK or overseas (based on their previous residence in the UK).
  • The Scheme will be open to citizens from other EEA countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and Switzerland, and their family members.
  • The Home Office will start refunding any fees that applicants have previously paid from the end of March.
  • The rules will also provide skilled business people access to two new visa routes to set up businesses in the UK – a ‘Start-up’ and an ‘Innovator’ visa route.

By the end of February 2019, the Home Office had received more than 150,000 applications during two public test phases of the EU Settlement Scheme. 75 per cent of applicants whose case had been decided received their decision within three days and 80 per cent of those who provided feedback found the online application easy to complete. Additional information including on how to apply can be found here.


Providing services to EEA and EFTA countries after EU Exit - Guidance for UK businesses on EU service provision if the UK leaves the EU with no deal

If the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019 with no deal, UK businesses will no longer operate under European Economic Area (EEA) regulations for the cross-border trade of services. This means that the rights and protections provided by the EU Directives and EU Treaty Rights of Freedom of Movement and Freedom of Establishment will no longer apply to the UK.

UK businesses will no longer be treated as if they were local businesses, and UK businesses and professionals providing services in the EEA will be regarded as originating from a ‘third country’. UK firms and service providers may face additional legal, regulatory and administrative barriers as a result.

Therefore, you should check the regulations in the EU/EEA states in which you operate to understand the new rules with which you would need to comply. To assist with this, we have produced country guides that contain information and links to help businesses navigate the third country regulations in each country: Providing Services to EEA and EFTA Countries after EU Exit.

Border Delivery Group Update - 05/03/2019

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

Leaving the EU with a deal remains the Government’s top priority. This has not changed. However, the UK Government must plan for every eventuality including no deal. Without a deal, businesses may need to take action before 29 March 2019.

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.

HMRC urges business owners to make sure they are ready for no deal

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) issued a message encouraging business owners to prepare now and consider three steps to ensure their businesses can continue to trade with the EU if the UK leaves the EU without a deal:

  • Register for an Economic Operator and Registration Identification (EORI) number. You can apply for an EORI number here.

  • Consider how you want to make customs declarations. Most businesses with customs obligations choose to use a customs agent.

  • If you import goods into the UK from the EU using roll on roll off locations, register for new Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP). TSP will allow businesses to import without having to make a full customs declaration at the border, and postpone paying any import duties. You can register for the new TSP process here.

Go to GOV.UK for the full message, as well as for further information and guidance. 


Poster/leaflet available to help traders prepare for a no deal EU Exit

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, from 29 March 2019 traders will need to follow new processes, and may need new documents, to use the channel crossings or transport goods to and from the EU.

The Border Delivery Group have published a leaflet/poster to help you prepare for a no deal EU exit. These products provide guidance on the key steps that importers and exporters will need to take.

Please share these products with your own stakeholders, customers and members to encourage traders to prepare.

Suggested lines for social media or your own websites and newsletters:

  • Are you EU exit ready? Help reduce the risk of delays at the border. Make sure you check your documents and declarations. Visit gov.uk/euexit for more information.

Go to GOV.UK for more communications resources and links to help you support your customers in preparing for a no deal EU Exit.


Freight Transport Association: No Deal Brexit Customs Workshop for Accredited Traders presentation

On Tuesday 26 February the Freight Transport Association and UK Government held a No Deal Brexit Customs Workshop for Accredited Traders. The purpose of the workshop was for UK Government officials to provide advice and guidance on customs procedures and facilitations for traffic between the UK and the rest of Europe, should the UK leave the EU without a deal.

The presentation that was used during the event is attached to this bulletin for your information.

*Please note that these slides were created for the FTA ‘No Deal Brexit Customs Workshop for Accredited Traders’ held on 26/02/19. For the most up to date information after this date please refer to GOV.UK.


The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders: EU Exit webinar

On Thursday 28 February, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) hosted a webinar with UK Government on customs and the border in a no deal scenario. The purpose of the webinar was for UK Government officials to provide advice and guidance on customs procedures and facilitations for traffic between the UK and the rest of Europe, should the UK leave the EU without a deal, and provide some examples within an automotive setting of how these procedures work in practice;

Please use this link to access a recording of the webinar. To watch the full webinar you will need to download the video.


Veterinary Medicines Directorate: EU Exit Information Hub

The VMD has launched its EU Exit Information Hub; which shows what areas of the regulation will and will not change and provides draft guidance current on EU Exit day (29th March 2019), in the event the UK leave the EU without a deal. 

Sign up to our email alert notifications to make sure you get the latest information as it becomes available.

BDG - February Updates

Border Delivery Group Update - 26/02/2019

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

Leaving the EU with a deal remains the Government’s top priority. This has not changed. However, the UK Government must plan for every eventuality including no deal. Without a deal, businesses may need to take action before 29 March 2019.

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.

Unaccompanied goods under the Common Transit Convention

We are aware of your concerns and are discussing the issue with other contracting parties to the CTC to ensure that the UK complies with the convention. We understand the urgency and will respond to you as soon as we have a definitive answer.


GOV.UK page: help and support for traders if the UK leaves the EU with no deal

There is a new page on GOV.UK with help and support for traders if the UK leaves the EU with no deal. This page hosts videos on:

  • Importing goods
  • Exporting goods
  • Changes at the UK border for businesses
  • Changes at the UK border for intermediaries

These videos have previously been circulated via YouTube links, but are now also available on GOV.UK. Further GOV.UK pages will be available soon to host additional videos and communications products.

Please share this link and these videos with your stakeholders and customers to help them prepare for EU Exit.


Sector factsheets to prepare for EU Exit

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, there may be changes that affect your business. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy have published additional sector factsheets, to help you prepare for a no deal EU Exit. They bring together the top issues for each sector and provide overview guidance.

There are new factsheets available for:

Space

Gas markets

Other sector factsheets that are available are:

Aerospace

Automotive

Chemicals

Construction

Consumer goods

Electricity

Electronics, machinery and parts sector

Oil and gas production

Professional and business services sector

Retail

Science, research and innovation sector

Please forward these links to your stakeholders that work in these industries to help them prepare for a no deal EU Exit.


New guidance for the import and export of animals and animal products

New guidance has been published to ensure import and export trade in animals, animal products, fish, food and feed can continue in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal. This guidance will help to minimise disruption for users and allow the continued movement of goods, while helping to maintain our biosecurity, food safety and high standards of animal welfare.

In a no-deal exit the process for exporting and importing these products will change in the following ways:

  • Businesses exporting all animals, animal products and fish to the EU will now need to apply for an Export Health Certificate (EHC) before they export. This will make them the same as businesses who export these goods to the rest of the world who already have to apply for EHCs. They will also need to make sure their trade route passes through a Border Inspection Posts when entering Europe as well as being aware of wider customs requirements. The guidance and certificates are available for download ahead of use on exit day.

For those businesses importing to the UK guidance is available here. There will not be any new checks or requirements but importers will need to notify authorities using a new process. Businesses will need to use a new system called the Import of Products, Animals, Food and Feed System’ (IPAFFS). This will help to minimise disruption for users, allow the continued movement of goods and help to maintain our biosecurity and food safety.

  • Businesses importing animals and animal products from within the EU will need to use a separate interim system until the summer.


New guidance for farming, food and drink sectors

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 29 March, there will be changes that affect the food and drink sector, and the farming sector. Defra has released new guidance for both these industries, detailing the expected changes and how businesses can best prepare for them.

This latest guidance includes detail on importing and exporting goods, food labelling changes, the future of rural payments, and data protection. Please click here for the food and drink sector and here for farming. These pages will be updated as more information becomes available.


New guidance for equine owners

New guidance for equine owners planning to take their horse, pony or other equine to the EU after 29 March, has been published on GOV.UK. The guidance explains what preparations owners need to make in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.


Local authorities with major ports to receive funding boost to help with Brexit preparations

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government announced £3.14 million will be allocated to help nineteen local authorities with a major port prepare for EU Exit.

Nineteen district and unitary councils across England will receive £136,362 to the end of April for each major port of entry into the UK in their area.

This will allow them to increase their resources to work through the immediate impacts from EU Exit in their local areas such as ensuring their port’s resilience and potential impacts of greater traffic to surrounding counties.

The funding is part of the £56.5 million announced by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government last month to help councils adapt to the changes caused by Brexit, ensuring their local authority is prepared ahead of 29 March, whilst also protecting vital local services.


Subscribe to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government EU Exit bulletin

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government have started a weekly bulletin – providing an update on recent EU Exit developments and a look ahead at upcoming events across the country relevant for local authorities.

To subscribe to the bulletin, get in touch here.


Border Delivery Group Update - 21/02/2019

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

Leaving the EU with a deal remains the Government’s top priority. This has not changed. However, the UK Government must plan for every eventuality including no deal. Without a deal, businesses may need to take action before 29 March 2019.

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.


How to prepare for changes at the border in a ‘no deal’ EU Exit: videos and leaflets to share with your stakeholders

Videos and leaflets are available to help you and your stakeholders prepare for changes at the UK/EU border in a ‘no deal’ scenario. They set out the actions that businesses will need to take to continue to trade in a ‘no deal’ EU Exit, and direct businesses towards further information available online.

Along with a general video and leaflet for all businesses, there are tailored products for specific industries.

There are also two deep dive videos available that provide more detail on Importing and Exporting in a ‘no deal’ scenario.

The videos are all available here, and the corresponding leaflets are attached to this email.

The role you can play in helping the UK reach out to businesses and individuals is crucial. Please share these materials with your stakeholders by:

  • Sharing the videos on your social media channels
  • Putting the videos on your websites
  • Using the leaflets at events or meetings
  • Send the videos and leaflets out through your own weekly newsletters

Update to the partnership pack: preparing for changes at the UK border after a ‘no deal’ EU Exit (fourth edition)

The fourth version of partnership pack is available online. The pack provides a high-level guide to processes and procedures that are likely to apply to cross-border activity between the UK and the EU in the event of a ‘no deal’ scenario. 


Transitional Simplified Procedures for Customs

HMRC has written to VAT registered customers who trade only with the EU, to tell them about changes that they will need to be prepared for, in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

We are encouraging businesses to get an EORI number and prepare for making customs declarations now. We outline the new Transitional Simplified Procedures for Customs, and explain how VAT processes will change, alongside VAT IT Systems.

You can read the full letter here.

We have also published four new guidance pages on GOV.UK, which the letter refers to:

  • Customs Procedures
  • Moving goods to and from the UK
  • Registering for simplified import procedures
  • VAT IT Systems rules and processes

Drug precursor chemical guidance

This week the Home Office issued guidance to trade associations on actions businesses who trade in drug precursor chemicals should take now to minimise any disruption in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

If the UK leaves the EU on 29 March without a deal, UK businesses importing or exporting drug precursor chemicals will need the same licenses to trade with the EU as they currently require to trade with non-EU countries. To apply for an import or export license to trade with the EU, a domestic license is needed and this can take up to 12-16 weeks to process. Operators wishing to import or export drug precursor chemicals after Brexit should consider applying for a domestic license now.

Go to GOV.UK for further information and guidance on how to apply.

Pesticides guidance

This week the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has issued detailed guidance to manufacturers and users of Plant Protection Products (PPPs) on what action they need to take now to minimise any disruption once the UK leaves the EU.

The high scientific standard to which decisions on the use of pesticides are made will not change. We will continue to be guided by the most up-to-date scientific assessment of the risks to animals and the environment. If the UK leaves the EU on 29 March without a deal, pesticides currently available in the UK at the point of exit will continue to be so, allowing products to be marketed and used as normal.


Plants imports and exports

If the UK leaves the EU with ‘no deal’ then there will be changes to the way plants and plant products are imported and exported. To find out how these changes may impact you, please contact your local plant health inspector and read the latest guidance on GOV.UK and share information with your stakeholders.


Food labelling guidance

On 5 February, UK Government issued updated guidance on food and drink labelling in the event of leaving the EU with a ‘no deal’.

While food businesses will have a 21 month transition period for the most significant changes to food labels, in the event of ‘no deal’ Brexit there are some technical changes to labels that will be required from day one. For products placed on the UK market after 29 March 2019, these changes include:

  • The EU emblem must not be used on goods produced in the UK unless a company has been authorised by the EU to do so;

  • The EU organic logo must not be used on any UK organic products, unless the UK and EU reach an equivalency arrangement – where both still recognise each other’s standards - before exit day; and

  • It will be inaccurate to label UK food as origin ‘EU’. Additional information such as signage in shops and online information will help clarify to the consumer the origin of the food.

Food and drink products that have already been placed on the UK market on or before 29 March 2019 can continue to be sold through until the stocks are exhausted.

Please share this information with your stakeholders to help them prepare.


Border Delivery Group Update - 12/02/2019

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

Leaving the EU with a deal remains the Government’s top priority. This has not changed. However, the UK Government must plan for every eventuality including no deal. Without a deal, businesses may need to take action before 29 March 2019.

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


How to prepare for changes at the border in a ‘no deal’ EU Exit: videos and leaflets to share with your stakeholders

Videos and leaflets are available to help you and your stakeholders prepare for changes at the UK/EU border in a ‘no deal’ scenario. They set out the actions that businesses will need to take to continue to trade in a ‘no deal’ EU Exit, and direct businesses towards further information available online.

Along with a general video and leaflet for all businesses, there are tailored products for specific industries.

There are also two deep dive videos available that provide more detail on Importing and Exporting in a ‘no deal’ scenario.

The videos are all available here, and the corresponding leaflets are attached to this email.

The role you can play in helping the UK reach out to businesses and individuals is crucial. Please share these materials with your stakeholders by:

  • Sharing the videos on your social media channels
  • Putting the videos on your websites
  • Using the leaflets at events or meetings
  • Send the videos and leaflets out through your own weekly newsletters

Update to the partnership pack: preparing for changes at the UK border after a ‘no deal’ EU Exit (fourth edition)

The fourth version of partnership pack is available online. The pack provides a high-level guide to processes and procedures that are likely to apply to cross-border activity between the UK and the EU in the event of a ‘no deal’ scenario. 


Transitional Simplified Procedures for Customs

HMRC has written to VAT registered customers who trade only with the EU, to tell them about changes that they will need to be prepared for, in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

We are encouraging businesses to get an EORI number and prepare for making customs declarations now.  We outline the new Transitional Simplified Procedures for Customs, and explain how VAT processes will change, alongside VAT IT Systems. 

You can read the full letter here.

We have also published four new guidance pages on GOV.UK, which the letter refers to:

  • Customs Procedures
  • Moving goods to and from the UK
  • Registering for simplified import procedures
  • VAT IT Systems rules and processes

Drug precursor chemical guidance

This week the Home Office issued guidance to trade associations on actions businesses who trade in drug precursor chemicals should take now to minimise any disruption in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

If the UK leaves the EU on 29 March without a deal, UK businesses importing or exporting drug precursor chemicals will need the same licenses to trade with the EU as they currently require to trade with non-EU countries. To apply for an import or export license to trade with the EU, a domestic license is needed and this can take up to 12-16 weeks to process. Operators wishing to import or export drug precursor chemicals after Brexit should consider applying for a domestic license now.

Go to GOV.UK for further information and guidance on how to apply.


Pesticides guidance

This week the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has issued detailed guidance to manufacturers and users of Plant Protection Products (PPPs) on what action they need to take now to minimise any disruption once the UK leaves the EU. 

The high scientific standard to which decisions on the use of pesticides are made will not change. We will continue to be guided by the most up-to-date scientific assessment of the risks to animals and the environment.  If the UK leaves the EU on 29 March without a deal, pesticides currently available in the UK at the point of exit will continue to be so, allowing products to be marketed and used as normal. 


Plants imports and exports

If the UK leaves the EU with ‘no deal’ then there will be changes to the way plants and plant products are imported and exported. To find out how these changes may impact you, please contact your local plant health inspector and read the latest guidance on GOV.UK and share information with your stakeholders.


Food labelling guidance

On 5 February, UK Government issued updated guidance on food and drink labelling in the event of leaving the EU with a ‘no deal’.

While food businesses will have a 21 month transition period for the most significant changes to food labels, in the event of ‘no deal’ Brexit there are some technical changes to labels that will be required from day one. For products placed on the UK market after 29 March 2019, these changes include:

  • The EU emblem must not be used on goods produced in the UK unless a company has been authorised by the EU to do so;
  • The EU organic logo must not be used on any UK organic products, unless the UK and EU reach an equivalency arrangement – where both still recognise each other’s standards - before exit day; and
  • It will be inaccurate to label UK food as origin ‘EU’. Additional information such as signage in shops and online information will help clarify to the consumer the origin of the food.

Food and drink products that have already been placed on the UK market on or before 29 March 2019 can continue to be sold through until the stocks are exhausted.

Border Delivery Group Leaflets

Other Information

BEIS (Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy) EU Exit Interactive leaflet

190320_BEIS_EU_Exit_Interactive_Leaflet_no_date.pdf 190320_BEIS_EU_Exit_Interactive_Leaflet_no_date.pdf 28-Mar-2019

Defra Trade Associations Representing Importers / Exporters - 19/03/2019

Key Considerations For Importers.pdf Key Considerations For Importers.pdf 19-Mar-2019

Delivering the deal negotiated with the European Union (EU) remains the government’s top priority. This has not changed. However the Government must prepare for every eventuality, including a No Deal scenario. The Government has been implementing a significant programme of work to ensure that UK is prepared to leave the EU on March 29 2019. Below is information on recent announcements regarding imports and exports of animals, animal products and high-risk food and feed after EU Exit.

Imports:

We will be sending you some key information over the coming weeks to prepare you for a Day 1 ‘no-deal’ scenario as a UK importer.

You may be aware that DEFRA is developing a UK Import of Products, Animals, Food and Feed System (IPAFFS), which will replace TRACES for the UK. For some time IPAFFS was known as the Import Notifications System (INS) but the name has been updated to better reflect the commodities that it is used for. As an importer you will need to use IPAFFS for notifying the import of live animals, animal products, and high risk food and feed into the UK from a Third Country. You can find out more about what this means here.

All businesses who currently import from the European Union using ITACHs and DOCOMS (e.g. live animals and some very specific animal products) will, for a short period of time after 29 March 2019, need to use an (online) form-based system and further information will be communicated this month.

We have begun a phased process, providing all users’ access to IPAFFS. We need to take this approach in order to manage the registration process and use of the system, and you will be contacted to inform you when this will happen. All businesses will be able to register and have access to IPAFFS before 29 March, however businesses will have access to IPAFFS at different times. A mixture of support will be provided so that you can become familiar with IPAFFS as early as possible. This includes webinars, guidance and training to help you use IPAFFS, ready for Day 1.

During this transition period continue to log consignment notifications through TRACES.  We will continue to keep you informed but if you do have any imports questions you can email the team at BFPEUExit.ImportsExports@defra.gov.uk.

Exports:

As you may be aware that if the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 with no withdrawal agreement or deal in place, Export Health Certificates (EHCs) would be required for exports of all animal products and live animals from the UK to the EU. Furthermore, exports will need to arrive in the EU through a Border Inspection Post, and it is the exporters’ responsibility to check that their trade routes comply with these changes.

Our new guidance, which explains all you need to know about exporting goods, should the UK leave the EU without a deal. Updated guidance for obtaining an EHC is now available here.

In addition, the EHCs required for exports of animals and animal products to the EU in the event of a No Deal are now available here, based on the model certificates set out in the relevant EU legislation. These EHCs are accompanied by Notes for Guidance (NFG). To help with the EHC process, Government has launched a new authorised signatory finder, to help exporters when processing EHC applications.

Please note that the EHCs for exports of animals and animal products to the EU in the event of a No Deal would only be required for consignments arriving after 11pm on the 29th of March 2019.

We ask hope that businesses will now take the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the new documents, and requirements to ensure they are ready to continue exporting in the event of a no deal. We would be happy to take any feedback on the NFGs by 1 March 2019, if there are essential points that you would like to raise – please send feedback to BFPEUExit.ImportsExports@defra.gov.uk

Lastly, the FSA has recently made available guidance on the health and identification marks that will be required for certain food products if the UK leaves the EU – the guidance is available here

Useful Links

  • East Suffolk Means Business BREXIT information - Click Here
  • HM Government EU Exit Page - Click Here
  • Border Delivery Group Videos - Click Here
  • Help and support for traders if the UK leaves the EU with no deal - Click Here
  • HMRC Communications pack: roll on roll off ports and Eurotunnel in the event of a no deal EU exit - Click Here
  • UK border inspection posts: contact details - Click Here