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Customs Declaration Training

Are you a customs agent, or does your company use customs agents and intermediaries to help you trade with the EU? If so, you need to know how to meet customs requirements fast and efficiently after the UK leaves the EU. There will be new processes to follow and new forms to complete.

Our training course via Zoom on Tuesday 16 July will highlight what you need to know to be able to accurately complete a simple customs declaration.

More information, and how to book, can be found on our website .

Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel corridors

As announced on Friday afternoon, you do not have to self-isolate on arrival in England if these are the only places you have been to or stopped in during the previous 14 days.

The link as promised providing you with the full list of travel corridors can be found here .

A10 Ely-Cambridge Improvements – have your say

The A10 between Ely and Cambridge is a vital corridor for business in the region, but it is also notorious for being constantly congested and unpredictable.

The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority are holding a virtual information exhibition to allow residents and businesses to see the shortlisted options much earlier than the point where they would hold a formal consultation, and they want your views. The A10 is a key scheme in their strategies for encouraging growth and wellbeing across the region and they need to hear from local businesses to fulfil their goals.

The online event presents the key points to help people decide on the issues and options, and offers the opportunity to give feedback. Do please take this opportunity which will be open until 14 July 2020.

Prime Minister's speech (3 July)

The Prime Minister's speech last Friday, 3 July, highlighted that we need to move away from blanket, national measures, to targeted, local measures. He outlined the government's approach for controlling future local outbreaks, which has five principal components: 

1. Monitoring: Public Health England, working with the Joint Biosecurity Centre, will examine carefully data on the spread of the disease and people’s behaviour across the country

2. Engagement: If monitoring identifies local problems, NHS Test and Trace and PHE will work with the relevant local authority to develop a deeper understanding of the problem and identify solutions

3. Testing: Scaled-up testing at a local level, combined with contract tracing through NHS Test and Trace, can control the virus and thus avoid more stringent measures

4. Targeted restrictions: If the virus continues to spread, we will restrict access to places which become hotspots for the virus, while testing people who have spent time in those places, and tracing the contacts of anyone who tests positive

5. Lockdown: If the previous measures have not proven to be enough, we will introduce local lockdowns extending across whole communities. Local lockdowns will be carefully calibrated depending on the scientific and specific circumstances of each outbreak and we are continually exploring smarter means of containing the virus.

The PM closed by highlighting that anyone who flouts social distancing and COVID-Secure rules is not only putting us all at risk, but letting down those businesses and workers who have done so much to prepare for this new normal.

Full details of the speech can be found here


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