For the first time ever ALFED have launched a brand new quarterly magazine Aluminium News!! Check our the details, we’re super excited!
Meet our new ALFED member! WELCOME EMR!
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The Aluminium Federation invite all employees of ALFED Members to participate in this Health, Safety and Environment Competition.
The purpose of the competition is to reward any new initiatives and ideas that show a positive and innovative idea or solution concerning Health, Safety and the Environment.
Prize: The employee will receive £100 plus an invitation to the ALFED Annual Dinner where the prize and certificate will be presented. The dinner is to be held on 12 September 2019 at the Park Regis Hotel, Birmingham
Please submit your entry download the attached form ALFED HSE Competition 2019.
The entries will be judged by some members of the ALFED HS&E Support Group and Jan Lukaszewski, ALFED Technical Manager.
Closing Date: entries to be received no later than Friday 3 May 2019
Please email the form to Margaret Lane – firstname.lastname@example.org or post to Margaret Lane, Aluminium Federation, National Metalforming Centre, 47 Birmingham Road, West Bromwich B70 6PY
Our two-day Health & Safety workshop takes place at the Telford Golf and Spa Hotel every two years. We had a great day at the hotel, it was gratifying to have such a diverse group of delegates and exhibitors!
Thank you to Trevor Dale for opening the workshop and of course thank you to all our presenters who gave freely of their time
Peter Kelly, Senior Psychologist, Health and Safety Executive
Mental Health and Work-Related Stress
Natalie Williams, Employment Law Expert, Croner
Employment Law Update
Shaun McLaughlin & Kate Joy, DipHex
Sarah Palfreyman, Health and Safety Executive
Strategy Update – Legal Update on HSE Issues
Hand- Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)
Mr Wieslaw Piatkiewicz, Brook Green Consulting
Legal Update on Environmental Issues
David Bellis, Arco Professional Safety Services
Kevin Hard MSLA, FRSA, MIIRSM Development Director, OCAID
Beyond Behavioural Safety
Rob Williams, HM Specialist Inspector, Health & Safety Executive
Extraction and Ventilation
Craig Storey, Cirrus Research – Noise Measurement Equipment
Noise and Hearing Loss in the Workplace
Matthew Marsh, UVEX
Eye and Eye Radiation Protection
‘Man v Machine’
Exhibiting at the event were
Please find below this week’s EU Exit and Trade update from the BEIS Infrastructure and Materials team. In this edition, we cover information on the following:
- Further guidance for importing into Northern Ireland from Ireland, including on import VAT
- Guidance from specific EU Member States for UK businesses in the event of a no-deal Brexit
- Details of more webinars from HMRC and BEIS
- Update to REACH Legislation
- Additional guidance on when ‘placing on the market’ is considered to have taken place
- Details for a new Home Office contact centre for enquiries on its Settlement Scheme for current EU27 workers in the UK; and
- New information added about the exhaustion of Intellectual Property rights
If there is no change to the current legal timetable for the UK’s exit from the EU (this time next week), I will write again with a recap of the main actions businesses need to take and details of how to get in touch with the different Government Departments if you have questions.
Further guidance for importing into Northern Ireland from Ireland, including on import VAT
HMRC have published new guidance for businesses who move goods from Ireland to Northern Ireland if UK were to UK leave the EU without a deal. In short, for most goods crossing between Ireland and Northern Ireland will not be subject to Customs Duty or customs declaration. However, in a no deal scenario, import VAT will become due on goods that move from Ireland to Northern Ireland at the relevant rate. UK businesses will be able to account for import VAT in two different ways depending if they are VAT registered and non-VAT registered. The VAT procedures for moving goods from Ireland into Northern Ireland are summed up here. Businesses moving goods into Northern Ireland from any other country, or from Ireland directly to Great Britain, should follow the relevant customs procedures outlined here.
Guidance from EU Member States for UK businesses in the event of a no deal Brexit
If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, customs processes and documentation for importing and exporting goods will change. EU countries may impose different requirements on their side of the border. In practical terms, this means border controls will resume and the free movement of capital, goods, services and people (workers, students and travellers) will cease. Previously, we shared no deal preparations for France, and have now included links to no deal advice for Belgium, Netherlands and Spain. You may want to familiarise yourself with any processes that you may need to comply with if the UK becomes a third country to the EU.
HMRC and BEIS Webinars: Importing & Exporting in a potential no-deal EU Exit
There are two webinars being run next week, the first covering basic customs procedures on Monday 8 April 10-11am and the second covering customs procedures alongside VAT, goods regulations/CE marked products and general sources of EU Exit information, to be held on Thursday 11 April 11-12pm.
Businesses can register to participate in Thursday’s webinar here.
Update to REACH Legislation
DEFRA has laid a short amending Statutory Instrument (SI) that will address two specific concerns raised by industry about ensuring continuity of registrations of imported chemicals at the point of no-deal exit. Since laying the REACH SI on 9 January, a number of stakeholders have raised two technical points regarding the scope of the ‘notification’ transitional provisions for existing UK Downstream Users. In response to industry’s concerns and suggestions, DEFRA has laid an amending SI to clarify that:
- UK-based Only Representatives (ORs) will be able to make notifications for imports sourced by existing UK Downstream Users (DUs) and distributors. If the notification is completed by an OR within 180 days of the UK leaving the EU, the DU or distributor is exempted from the duty to notify. DUs and distributors sourcing from the EU/EEA are advised to liaise with their suppliers, to ensure that a notification is completed by one or other party within 180 days.
- Notification provisions apply to imports from 3rd countries coming to the UK directly, if covered by a registration held by an OR based in another EU/EEA country.
The amending SI and explanatory notes are available here. The SI will now make its way through the parliamentary processes, with the intention that it will come into force at the point that the UK leaves the EU, supporting continuity for UK-EU supply chains. Guidance on the HSE website will be updated to reflect these provisions.
Additional guidance on when ‘placing on the market’ is considered to have taken place
The Home Office has a new contact centre for enquiries on its Settlement Scheme for current EU27 workers in the UK
Intellectual Property – new information added about the exhaustion of rights
Please see IP and Brexit the Facts
WELCOME CLIVE BUSH!
Fronius UK are holding an open house event on 15th May
WHERE EXCELLENCE IS EXPECTED:
FAST-TRACK TO A HIGHER PERFORMANCE
ALFED have been invited to exhibit at the open house event, Technical Manager Jan will be there from 9am on the day!
What to expect on the day;
- Product Demonstration stations
- Guest speakers and over 15 industry speakers
- Exclusive open day promotions
- Expert technical advice
- Complimentary refreshments
- Entertainment Network in the Fronius Biergarten
To register for the event click here
Please find below this week’s EU Exit and Trade update from the BEIS Infrastructure and Materials team. In this edition, we cover information on the following:
- The latest Position on the EU Exit Timetable
- A simple leaflet showing the most important actions to take in preparation for a no-deal Exit: please share this with anyone who might benefit from checking which actions they can take to prepare
- An update on the legal status of REACH regulation
- Road freight for exports to the EU- confirmation that UK hauliers will have their licences accepted
- Consolidated guidance on importing and exporting, including process diagrams, videos and a forum for asking HMRC technical questions
- Further changes to import customs procedures to remove admin and cash burdens
- Slimmed-down guidance on goods regulations and market access
- Videos to help explain no-deal UK import tariffs
- A Reminder on Data Protection; and
- Further country-specific guides published for businesses providing services to EEA and EFTA countries
The latest Position on the EU Exit Timetable
I imagine you have all seen this already but for the sake of completeness, unless there is another legal change, the UK will leave the EU without a deal at 11pm (UK time) on 12 April.
We do not yet have clarity with regard to the implications of recent votes in the House of Commons, including the one today. Leaving the EU with a deal is the Government’s top priority but our advice remains to make yourself aware of no-deal guidance and take actions to be prepared.
A simple leaflet showing the most important actions to take in preparation for a no-deal Exit
An update on the legal status of REACH regulation
On Tuesday 26 March the REACH SI (which makes provision for ‘UK REACH’ to be brought into law, if the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement) was approved by the House of Lords, having already been approved in the House of Commons. This means that this secondary legislation will now be incorporated into the UK statute book, so that in the event of a ‘no deal’ scenario, UK REACH regulations will be in place for exit day.
Road freight for exports to the EU- confirmation that UK hauliers will have their licences accepted
EU Ministers have formally adopted laws which mean that permits will not be required for the vast majority of journeys to the EU until the end of 2019. This means that should the UK leave without a deal, hauliers and traders can continue to use their EU Community Licence until 31 December 2019. However, businesses would still need an ECMT permit to transport goods through EU and EEA countries to non-EU and EEA countries who are ECMT members. For example, a haulier would need an ECMT permit to transport goods through France to deliver in Switzerland. Further guidance on how to apply for short-term ECMT permits can be found here.
Guidance has also just been updated on the documents needed by hauliers carrying goods to and from the EU, which is available here. It might be helpful to check that you would be able to provide the relevant data.
Consolidated guidance on importing and exporting, including process diagrams, videos and a forum for asking HMRC technical questions
HMRC has published a new section on GOV.UK bringing together several key bits of guidance with more emphasis on clearly listing the actions to help you prepare if you are moving goods to or from the EU.
For exports, the ‘Trading and moving goods from the UK to the EU if the UK leaves with no deal’ page includes guidance on:
- What to do in advance, including how to register for a UK EORI number
- How to make a customs declaration
- What you need to do after your goods leave the UK – with details of how long you’ll need to keep your commercial invoices and customs paperwork.
For imports, please refer to the ‘Trading and moving goods from the EU to the UK if the UK leaves with no deal’ page.
Process diagrams below; one document has simplified versions; the other has more detail and some narrative sections on different parts of the process.
This information was also discussed in an HMRC live webinar which took place on 22 March and is now available online for you to view.
HMRC’s online EU Exit Customer Forum can be used to ask questions of HMRC officials and has answers to previous business queries on subjects such as EORI, TSP and VAT.
Further changes to import customs procedures to remove admin and cash burdens (all reflected in the guidance mentioned above)
HMRC has announced changes to its Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP) scheme, details of which can be found here. Once a business has registered for an EORI number, it can take the simple next step and register for TSP. Both are free and quick to do. The business will be able to transport goods from the EU into the UK without having to make full customs declarations at the border or pay import duties straight away, to allow time to prepare for standard import processes. The headline changes are:
- an extension of the date when the first supplementary customs declarations must be submitted, and any import duties must be paid, to 4 October 2019, with subsequent declarations submitted monthly
- making TSP available at all UK ports if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, not just roll-on roll-off road freight locations, as previously announced
For most goods imported using TSP, traders will be able to delay putting in customs declarations for the first 6 months after EU exit. Businesses will have until 4 October 2019 to submit declarations and pay any import duty for goods imported up to 30 September 2019. After that, customs declarations and payments will need to be made on the fourth working day of the following month.
HMRC is also giving importing businesses until 30 September 2019 to provide a guarantee that is required to cover any customs duties that they wish to defer. This will apply for all importers, not just those who have registered for TSP.
More details on making declarations by TSP is available here.
Slimmed-down guidance on goods regulations and market access
- Placing manufactured goods on the EU internal market if there’s no deal – Provides an overview to UK businesses on the steps they need to take to comply with regulations on manufactured goods placed on the EU internal market. Please note that ‘New Approach’ regulations include Construction Products.
- Placing manufactured goods on the UK market if there’s no Brexit deal – Provides an overview to businesses in the UK and other countries on the steps they need to take to comply with regulations on manufactured goods placed on the UK market.
- Status of conformity assessment bodies under no deal – Guidance for Notified Bodies.
Videos to help explain no-deal UK import tariffs
The Department for International Trade has created three videos to explain how the UK’s import tariff schedule would work in a no-deal scenario.
- Tariffs: what happens if we leave the EU with no deal?
- What is a Tariff Rate Quota?
- What is a tariff?
A Reminder on Data Protection
Does your business send any personal data between the UK and the EU? If so, have you put in place Standard Contractual Clauses (for transfers to another company) or Binding Corporate Rules (for transfers within your company)?
Please consult the ICO (information Commissioner’s Office) guidance:
- ICO advice – good starter document with some links to more info
- ICO Leaving the EU Six Steps – A breakdown of steps to take to prepare for EU exit
- ICO tool for working out if SCC will work for you
If you have any questions or concerns at all, let us know and we can put you in touch with colleagues from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
Further country-specific guides published for businesses providing services to EEA and EFTA countries
If the UK leaves the EU with no deal, UK businesses will no longer be treated as if they were local businesses, and UK businesses and professionals providing services in the EEA will be regarded as originating from a ‘third country’. If you’re a UK business or professional providing services in the EEA, you’ll need to check the national regulations to understand how best to operate. You can find out more by looking at the relevant country guides here.