This text published by BIFA – The British Freight Forwarders Association – 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 www. GOV.UK/EUEXIT

Phased approach for Entry Summary Declarations

The UK Government has announced plans to phase in pre-arrival forms for EU imports, known as Entry Summary Declarations, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

On Monday, officials held a series of meetings with organisations who represent the haulage industry and handle a significant portion of the UK’s cross border trade, to confirm that from March 29, the status quo will be temporarily maintained as they will not need to submit Entry Summary Declarations on imports for a period of six months.

Currently Entry Summary Declarations are not required when importing goods from the EU. They will continue to apply for trade from the rest of the world.

The measure is designed to give business more time to prepare for changes to EU-UK trade arrangements in the event that the UK leaves without a deal. This builds on the plans that Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP) can be used for at least 15 months for customs declarations.

For more information, go to GOV.UK and use the Partnership Pack which has guidance for businesses on processes and procedures at the border in a no deal scenario.

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.

Factsheets are now available online for the following sectors:

  • 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.

Updated guidance on import VAT on parcels if the UK leaves the EU without a deal

HMRC have published updated guidance on import VAT on parcels you send to UK buyers. If you are based outside the UK and sell parcels to UK buyers worth £135 or less, you must pay import VAT. Parcels include letters, packages, packets and any other article that could be sent by post, even if they are sent by different methods. To do this, HMRC has launched a new digital registration service for overseas sellers.

Go to GOV.UK for more information and to register for the service.

Fluorinated gases and ozone-depleting substances: how to do business if the UK leaves the EU without a deal

This week, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published updated guidance on using and trading fluorinated gas (F gases) and ozone-depleting substances (ODSs) if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. As part of this, Defra has launched an IT system for businesses who produce or make products containing F gases and ODSs. If the UK leaves the EU on 29 March without a deal, these businesses will have to register on the new system by 12 April, which will replace the current process that controls emissions for all EU Member States.

This will enable the UK to continue its ambitious commitment to phase down the use of F gas by 79% between 2015 and 2030, to combat climate change. 

More information about the actions businesses may need to take can be found in the additional guidance. Please share this with your partners and stakeholders.

Update to plant import/export guidance

Defra published updated guidance on plant imports and exports. The updated guidance specifically refers to firms trading in wood packaging material.

Source: BIFA

EU President Jean-Claude Juncker today revealed he is “not very optimistic” of securing a Brexit deal after crunch talks with Theresa May.

The European Commission president insisted that a lack of a parliamentary majority in London is at the heart of the deadlock. He bemoaned the lack of progress being made despite holding talks with the Prime Minister last night in Brussels. Speaking at a session of the EU’s European Economic and Social Committee, the eurocrat said there is still not a majority amongst MPs for a solution that can break the impasse.

Mr Juncker said: “If no deal were to happen, and I cannot exclude this, this would have terrible economic and social consequences in Britain and on the continent, so my efforts are oriented in a way that the worst can be avoided.

“But I am not very optimistic when it comes to this issue.”

He added: “Because in the British parliament every time they are voting, there is a majority against something, there is no majority in favour of something.”

Last night, Mrs May told the Commission boss that she required “legally binding changes” to the Irish backstop in order to win the support of MPs.

Her Brussels trip left officials no more confident that she will be able to guide Britain out of the EU with a deal.

A joint statement issued after the talks said the meeting was “constructive” and both leaders pledged to talk again before the end of the month.

Mrs May said: “Time is of the essence and it’s in both our interests that when the UK leaves the EU it does so in an orderly way.”

She revealed she affirmed “the need for us to see legally binding changes to the backstop which ensure it cannot be indefinite”.

I have three children. They are the best that ever happened to me. I love you ❤️.

Nobody has ever written a better song to a child than Paul Bono Hewson of U2. There are genious and genious. Bono is one.

This is his song to his child; The Orginal of the Species. Tonight I dedicate this song to you; Louise, Martin and Malin. You all three, special. An orginal of your own species.

To listen to the video, click here: U2: Orginal of the Spieces – Live in Chicago.

U2 in Chicago 2005, performing this amazing song.

“Baby, slow down

The end is not as fun as the start

Please stay a child somewhere in your heart

I’ll give you everything you want

Except the thing that you want

You are the first one of your kind

And you feel like no-one before

You steal right under my door

I kneel ’cause I want you some more

I want the lot of what you got

And I want nothing that you’re not

Everywhere you go you shout it

You don’t have to be shy about it”