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The deadline to apply for 2019 ECMT international road haulage permits has been extended to 11:59 pm on 18 January 2019.  Additional information has been published about short-term permits, see this link for more information.

The UK Government has issued a number of updates to the series of Technical Notices previously published over the last few months.  These Notices set out the proposed ways of working in the event of there being no deal between the UK and the EU from 30 March 2019.

In the majority of cases information is being reissued to reflect the Government’s escalation of preparations in the event of there being no deal.

See below for the link to the latest Brexit update issued to members on 20 December 2018.

The UK Government has published a third edition of its Partnership Pack for a no deal EU exit which brings together information from the Technical Notices to explain how trade, processes and regulations at the UK border will change after 29 March 2019, and what businesses need to do to prepare in the event of there being no deal with the EU. A link to the Partnership is available for FPC members - see below.

There is also a dedicated website in place which steers you towards the Technical Notices.

FPC has issued a reminder to members that they should consider registering in advance for a UK Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number at www.gov.uk/hmrcget-eori

You will need an EORI number:

  • to continue to import or export goods with the EU after 29 March 2019, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal
  • before you can apply for authorisations which will make customs processes easier for you.  More information will be coming about these applications early in 2019.

 

Advice for companies which have not previously carried out customs clearance

HMRC has contacted VAT registered businesses which import or export goods to the EU to give advice on preparing for future trade in the event of there being no deal with the EU.

Register for a UK Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number at www.gov.uk/hmrcget-eori.  You will need an EORI number:

  • to continue to import or export goods with the EU after 29 March 2019, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal
  • before you can apply for authorisations which will make customs processes easier for you.  More information will be coming about these applications early in 2019.

Decide if you want to hire an agent to make customs declarations for you or if you want to make these declarations yourself.  Talk to an agent or if you decide to make declarations yourself then you will need to talk to a software provider to make sure that their product will meet your needs. FPC has a number of members who are agents.  You can find their contact details on the FPC website at: https://www.freshproduce.org.uk/members/

Contact your haulier/freight forwarder/airline or shipping line to find out if you will need to supply additional information to them so that they can make the safety and security declarations for your goods, or whether you will need to submit these declarations yourself.

Ensure your contracts and International Terms and Conditions of Service (INCOTERMS) reflect that you are now an importer or exporter.

For more information on these changes visit www.gov.uk/hmrc/declare-goods and read:

 

Summary of customs, excise, VAT and regulatory changes

The UK Government has issued a further edition of the ‘Partnership Pack: preparing for changes at the UK border after a ‘no deal’ EU Exit. Changes to the content of this document are marked so you can identify them readily. More details are available in the Technical Notices.

Customs legislation is progressing through parliament, with  a number of Statutory Instruments under the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Act 2018 and the EU Withdrawal Act 2018. A draft of the notices to be made under The Customs (Import Duty) (EU Exit Regulations 2018 has been published, covering presentation of goods to customs, temporary storage declaration, and valuation of chargeable goods.

The Trade Bill is progressing through the House of Lords. This Bill will help ensure that the UK has the necessary tools in place to operate our own trade policy once we leave the EU. 

EU Settlement Scheme – supporting your EU workers

EU citizens and their families will be able to apply for settled status or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme.

new edition of the employer’s toolkit has been published.

This toolkit contains leaflets, posters, social media assets and a briefing pack to help employers across the UK communicate clear and consistent messages about the EU Settlement Scheme.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact FPC.

FPC has developed a Risk Register (see below to access a copy) to capture and summarise the status of key issues which have been identified.  The Risk Register was issued to FPC members in September, and uses the two scenarios of:

•             No deal with the EU and no transition period in place

•             UK proposed deal with the EU (as far as details to date).

There is a ‘traffic light’ allocated to each topic under the two scenarios to indicate FPC’s view of the UK Government’s status of preparedness.  This is based on information publicly available as well as FPC’s discussions with Government departments and agencies. Within the register there are also specific sections on: imports from the EU; imports from third countries; UK production; and UK exports.

The Register will be updated regularly as UK Government negotiations progress on the future relationship with the EU and as more details evolve regarding future trading with the EU and third countries.

We will be providing more updates directly to FPC members as negotiations between the UK and the EU progress or in the event of there being no deal.

 

Plant health imports in no deal Brexit

HM Government Partnership Pack - 3rd edition

Importing plants and plant products if there's no deal

Potential future regulation of high risk products in the event of no deal

FPC Brexit Risk Register Issue 2

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