Global update from John Bridge OBE DL

There are under 100 days to go until the United Kingdom leaves the Single Market and the Customs Union and businesses, citizens and Government need to prepare.

On Wednesday 23 September, The Chancellor of the Duchy Lancaster made a statement to the House of Commons on preparations for the end of the Transition Period. As part of these preparations the Government has published the Reasonable Worst Case Scenario for potential disruption to freight travelling between Great Britain and the European Union at the end of the transition period and can be accessed here

Help is available to support businesses prepare. There is a user-friendly checker tool which details exactly what businesses need to do.

Check, Change, Go – Prepare your business for the end of the transition period

The UK has left the EU and is leaving the EU single market and Customs Union. The end of the transition period means businesses should take action now to prepare for guaranteed changes and new rules from January 2021.

To support business preparations the Chamber are running a series of webinars to help businesses count down to the end of the EU Transition period.

Customs expert Liam Smyth shares practical advice about how businesses can be prepared for the changes happening on 1 January 2021.

Webinar dates:

16 October, 10.00-11.00am – 75 days to go 

11 November, 10.00-11.00am – 50 days to go 

1 December, 10.00-11.00am – 30 days to go

We are also running a Customs Declaration training course next Tuesday, 6 October. This training will highlight what you need to know to be able to accurately complete a simple customs declaration. Click here for more information and to register.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is hosting free webinars to help you check the new rules and understand the actions to take.

See the full schedule and sign up to live sessions here

Following the initial broadcast the webinars will be available on demand.

The live sessions will take place at the following times:

Videos: Help and support if your business trades with the EU

Learn more about trading with the EU from 1 January 2021. Videos are available on:
  • Exporting and sending goods outside of the UK
  • Importing and bringing goods into the UK
  • The customs clearance process.

Sign up for the Trader Support Service

If you move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland the Trader Support Service will guide you through any changes due to the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol. It can help if you:
  • Are moving the goods yourself
  • Act on behalf of someone
  • Send parcels between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or bring parcels into Northern Ireland from outside the UK.
Sign up now using the Trader Support Service website.

Contact the Chamber

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Cambridgeshire Chamber of Commerce

Clifford House • 2 Station Yard • Oakington • CB24 3AH • United Kingdom