INTERNATIONAL NEWS AND EVENTS
Have you registered for Tuesday's Countdown to Change webinar?
Key information included on ensuring you are ready to trade from 1 January 2021, plus new and updated guidance and our essential training courses on Wednesday 2 December and Friday 11 December - see details below.


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30 days until the end of the transition period

Join us on Tuesday 1 December at 10.00am as we share practical information and advice on what businesses need to do now in order to be prepared for the complexity of changes coming to our import and export processes, systems and controls on 1 January 2021.

 
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New Guidance for Trading from 1st January 2021

VAT and overseas goods sold to customers from online market places: Separate Guidance has been issued outlining how online market places and those who sell directly to customers in Great Britain from 1 January 2021 will deal with VAT on goods from overseas goods.


Product Safety

Guidance for businesses regarding the end of the EU Transition Period: The Office for Product Safety and Standards has published guidance to help businesses comply with regulations as the Transition Period ends. Separate, complementary guidance will be published for businesses trading in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The list of published guidance documents can be viewed here .  

UK Product safety and metrology from 1 January 2021: Guidance has been published for businesses on specific product safety and metrology regulations. Click here  to access the guidance. Specific guidance for placing goods on the market in Great Britain can be accessed here . Guidance for placing goods on the market in Northern Ireland can be accessed here


Food and Drink

Digital guide covering the key actions food and drink businesses may need to take: A new digital guide has been issued that covers the key actions food and drink businesses may need to take after the end of the Transition Period. For more information, click here .   

Nutrition legislation from 1 January 2021: Guidance has been published for businesses regarding practical changes that will be made to nutrition legislation in the UK from 1 January 2021. These changes include nutrition-related labelling, composition and standards. For more information, click here .  

Amendments to Food information rules and wine: The Food and Drink (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 have been published, making minor amendments to retained EU legislation on food information rules and wine. For more information, click here .  


Importing and Exporting

Guidance for Hauliers and Commercial Drivers: The Haulier Handbook has been published as a one-stop-shop for key information on how to prepare vehicles and the goods they carry to continue to travel smoothly across the border and help minimise disruption. To access, click here

Information on Licence Security from 1 January 2021: Information has been published on import and export licence security from 1 January 2021. Licence security will need to be provided in pounds sterling. The notice tells you how licence security will need to be provided from 1 January 2021. Click here for more information.  

Protection of trading interests (retained blocking regulation) from 1 January 2021: Guidance has been issued that sets out how protection of trading interests (also known as the retained blocking regulation) will work in the UK from 1 January 2021. The Protection of Trading Interests Legislation protects UK persons trading with countries affected by the extraterritorial application of certain laws (currently US Sanctions against Iran and Cuba). For more information, click here

Importing horses and ponies from 1 January 2021: Guidance for the importing of horses and other equines, including ponies and donkeys from January 2021, has been published. To access the guidance, click here.  

EU Transition - Trader and Industry Forum: To support businesses and industry to get ready for the end of the transition period, the EU Transition Trader and Industry Forum has been launched. This is designed so that you can ask questions about preparations you need to make now for the new rules to EU trade which will apply from 1 January 2021. To access this, click here .  


Updated Guidance for Trading from 1st January 2021

Trader Support Service: Over 7,000 traders have already signed up to the Trader Support Service which will support traders moving goods under the Northern Ireland Protocol from 1 January 2021. For more information on this story and the service, click here .  

Intellectual Property after 1 January 2021: Guidance about Intellectual Property from 1 January 2021 has been updated to reflect changes to UK Address for Service. From 1 January 2021, subject to legislative implementation, only a UK address for service will be accepted for new applications and requests to start contentious proceedings before the IPO. For more information, click here .   

Help and support if your business trades with the EU: The support page for trading with the EU from 1 January 2021 has been updated to include links to the EU Transition Trader and Industry Online Forum. For more information, click here .  

ECMT international road haulage permits: The deadline to apply for ECMT (European Conference of Ministers of Transport) permits for 2021 has now closed. Guidance has been updated to reflect what happens next if you applied for a permit. To view this, click here

Exporting wild caught marine fishery products to the EU from 1 January 2021: The ‘One Stop Shop’ guidance for fishing and seafood businesses has been updated to reflect the latest information. To see the full guidance, click here .  

Government contacts to help medical supply businesses from 1 January 2021: In order to ensure the flow of medical supplies into the UK after 31 December 2020, the government has issued a list of contacts that businesses can use to keep medical products flowing into the UK from 1 January 2021. To view this information, click here


TRAINING COURSES
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Wednesday 2 December, 
10.00am-2.30pm


The course will cover special procedures and the benefits of using IP and OP in your compliance.
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Friday 11 December,
10.00am-2.30pm


The training course will highlight what you need to know to complete customs declarations accurately and efficiently for both the import and export of goods.

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