UKCA and CE Marking
- last week, the UK Government announced an indefinite extension of the CE mark recognition beyond its former 2024 deadline. The BCC had campaigned for this on behalf of the Chamber Network for the last two years. You can read the BCC response here
. UK-Switzerland Free Trade Agreement roundtable
- on Thursday 14 September, the Department for Business and Trade will be holding a virtual SME Roundtable alongside the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) to discuss negotiations on an enhanced UK-Switzerland Free Trade Agreement
(FTA). Sign up for the event here
, submitting your name, organisation and if possible, the nature of your business ties with Switzerland. You can also submit questions in advance of the meeting. Gulf Co-operation Council case studies
- the UK is currently in the process of negotiating an FTA with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), a customs bloc made up of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates. The Department for Business and Trade (DBT) would like to hear from any businesses in Chamber membership who already successfully trade or are planning to launch in one of these countries. Contact DBT here
DEFRA have announced the deferral of the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for packaging payments from October 2024 to October 2025. Please find more details in this letter
from the Director of Resources and Waste, Emma Bourne OBE.
The UK recently joined the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Once Parliament returns from summer recess a lengthy ratification period will kickstart with the UK government introducing new primary legislation in the House of Commons. In preparation for this, the BCC would like to hear from Chamber members, particularly around any areas that they are concerned about, including any possible issues or difficulties with the UK joining CPTPP. If you have anything in mind, please get in touch with Karen Cash
before the end of August.