daily update from John Bridge OBE DL

Mandatory face covering in shops and supermarkets in England from 24 July

At 10.30pm last night the UK government announced that wearing a face covering will be mandatory in shops and supermarkets in England from 24 July.

It is however essential that businesses get clarity on the approach to the wearing of face coverings, that is consistent and supported by public health evidence. Shops and other indoor businesses need to know what the new rules are as soon as possible.

Updated guidance, including on enforcement, should be issued swiftly so firms can maintain their Covid-secure status and continue their operations successfully.

Preparing the UK for end of the transition period

Also yesterday, the UK government launched a new public information campaign   called “The UK’s new start: let’s get going”. The campaign will clearly set out the actions businesses and individuals need to take to prepare for the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020, and ensure they are ready to seize the opportunities that it will bring.

Campaign advertisements will include the “Check, Change, Go” strapline which directs people and businesses to an online checker tool to quickly identify the necessary next steps they need to take.

We will keep you updated with all the latest information.

UK government publishes new Border Operating Model

The Border Operating Model provides clarity and certainty for the border industry and businesses, including technical detail on how the border with the EU will work after the transition period and the actions that traders, hauliers, ports and carriers need to take. It covers all of the processes and systems across all government departments that will be used at the border. It provides clarity on the end to end journey for moving goods across the border – with information about controlled goods and new government systems that will support trade and all the details can be accessed here .

To help businesses prepare for these changes and continue to trade, guides on how to import and export goods are available in the form of a ‘journey’, so that you can clearly see every step you need to take to ensure that your goods are transported successfully and you can access the two guides from the links below:

How to import goods from the EU into GB from January 2021.

How to export goods from GB into the EU from January 2021.

With full border controls in place at all ports from 1 January 2021, regardless of any deal that is agreed with the EU, and an estimated 200 million more declarations needed to be made by traders annually, firms that import and export to the EU should take action now and prioritise the appointment of customs intermediaries to advise on the next steps.

The Chamber are running Customs Declaration Training on Wednesday 26 August via Zoom. Details can be found here.

While businesses will welcome more detail on processes for trading goods overseas, some questions still remain unanswered, including on trade across the Northern Ireland border and the operation of the Goods Vehicle Management System. We will continue to look at the detail and how it affects businesses over the coming weeks and keep you updated. Do not hesitate to contact us if you require any additional information or assistance with the implementation.


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