UK Global Tariff consultation

To inform the development of the new UK Global Tariff, the Government is conducting a four-week public consultation.

The consultation will close on 5 March 2020 at 23:59 GMT.

There is still time to take part in the UK Global Tariff consultation and have your say by visiting GOV.UK. This is an opportunity to create a tariff tailored to our economy, benefiting our consumers and supportive of our industry. It will ensure business compete on fair terms with the rest of the world whilst benefiting households through greater choice and lower prices.

Business Readiness Bulletin: Issue 44

Welcome to the latest in a series of business readiness bulletins, aimed at keeping trade associations, business representative bodies and business intermediaries up to date on the latest guidance for business whilst the UK is in a transition period which will last until the end of the year. This Bulletin aims to provide you and your networks/members with important information from Government, to help prepare for the end of the transition period.  

Recent Announcements:
NEW – The Home Office has published a policy statement which sets out the government’s plans for a new UK points-based immigration system. The UK’s points-based immigration system: policy statement. They have also produced a New immigration system: what you need to know.
UPDATE – The Home Office has updated information for employers on employing EU, EEA and Swiss citizens in the UK, covering right to work checks, the EU Settlement Scheme and the UK’s new immigration system. Employing EU citizens in the UK.
NEW – The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s Secretary of State, Alok Sharma, has written an article outlining the benefits of the new points-based immigration system for businesses. Our message to the world: Britain is open for business.

Business Readiness Forum:  
Thank you to those that joined the Forum last week.  Please see the attached PDF of the slides from our Business Readiness Forum from 20 February 2020. Our next forum will be a webinar on Thursday 5 March 2020. Further details will be sent to relevant organisations under a separate cover. Please share your thoughts, feedback or topics you would find useful with us via

UK Global Tariff Consultation:
The UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020.

For the first time in almost fifty years the UK is free to set its tariff rates on imported goods. To inform the development of the new UK Global Tariff, the Government has launched a four-week public consultation and is seeking your views. The consultation began on 6 February 2020 and closes on 5 March 2020 at 23:59 GMT.

This consultation seeks:

  • views on a potential series of amendments to the EU’s Common External Tariff to create a bespoke UK tariff regime;
  • specific feedback on individual products or commodity codes of importance to you (including the corresponding tariff rate); and
  • information on your interactions with Most Favoured Nation tariffs and the importance of tariffs to sectors that are relevant to you.

The bespoke UK tariff regime will enter into force on 1 January 2021 and replace the EU’s Common External Tariff.

To take part in the consultation and have your say on the new UK Global Tariff, visit GOV.UK.

Digital tool for exporters of goods from the UK:
The Department for International Trade has launched ‘Check How to Export Goods’, a new digital tool to help UK businesses trade with over 160 markets around the world. The free tool will help you easily find and understand what is needed to export goods internationally. It provides product-specific and country-specific information on tariffs, regulations, the UK border and other topics all in one place. It will be updated regularly to reflect any changes to trading arrangements.

Freeports Consultation:
The UK Government has launched a public consultation on Freeports policy. It will last for ten weeks.

It is proposed that up to 10 Freeports will be introduced across the UK, which will be national hubs for trade, innovation and commerce. The Government’s aim is for Freeports to attract new businesses, jobs, investment and opportunity.

You can find more information and respond to the consultation by 20 April 2020 here.

Actions you can take now that do not depend on negotiations:
Following its departure from the EU on 31 January 2020 the UK is now in a transition period until the end of 2020, while the UK negotiates a free trade agreement. This link provides a list of actions business can undertake now, all transition period information and the opportunity for you to sign up to email alerts about the transition period.

Apprentice Levy Funds “not being used”

Figures obtained by the BBC show that employers who are paying money into their
apprenticeship levy accounts are not then using the money to fund apprenticeships in
their organisation. One possible reason is the outdated notion that apprentices can
be difficult to manage.

In this week’s edition of In the Know, we cover:

– Care sector awaits key NMW decision
– Critical resignation letters should not be ignored
– Apprentice levy funds “not being used”
– New immigration system confirmed for 1 January 2021

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The Croner Business Support Helpline is FREE to ALFED Members
– please contact the ALFED offices on 0330 236 2800 for details.

Latest UK Government news and updates

Licence allowing certain chemicals to be exported from the UK or other EU member states, from December 2019.

Licence allowing the export of certain types of cryptographic development software and technology, from December 2019.

Licence allowing the export of dual-use items returned to the original country of import for repair or replacement under warranty, from December 2019.

The Department for International Trade has amended a number of open general export licences (OGELs) to implement changes to permitted destinations.



Government launches new business support campaign

The new business support campaign is designed to help businesses in England find out about the full range of available support.

Latest updates and news from the Department for International Trade

The Government has today announced that it will begin reviewing 43 EU trade remedy measures, which were deemed important to UK industries and should be maintained.

How the Trade Remedies Investigations Directorate will carry out transition reviews into existing EU measures and investigate if new measures are needed.

The UK’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the WTO in Geneva, Andy Staines delivered the following statement under Item 1 and Item 9.

Business leaders across Texas have met with International Trade Minister Conor Burns this week to discuss the benefits of future UK-US Free Trade Agreement.

Guidance if exporting certain types of controlled sensitive nuclear items on what is known as the ‘Trigger List’.

Iran is subject to an arms embargo, transit control and other restrictions.

New hubs of business and enterprise will be opened across the UK creating thousands of jobs, regenerating communities and turbocharging Britain’s post-Brexit growth, the Government announced today (Monday 10 February).

Contact details for Department for International Trade (DIT) offices around the world.

UK exports at an all time high, with goods exports to non-EU countries growing by 13.6% on 2018

The UK’s Ambassador to the WTO and UN in Geneva, Julian Braithwaite, delivered a statement to the WTO Committee on Trade and Development during the 48th Session on Aid for Trade on 11 February 2020.


Apprenticeship Resources

Use the latest resources about apprenticeships to access funding

The Apprenticeship service – sign up to an account now.

Smaller employers that don’t pay the apprenticeship levy are now able to create an account on the government’s award-winning apprenticeship service.

We are able to share a link to resources about apprenticeships you can use to support and engage your members. It includes the following:

  • The benefits of the apprenticeship service and how to register to create an account.
  • Apprenticeship Standards

You can also download our free fact sheet ‘7 Reasons to Embrace Apprenticeships’ and sign up to receive updates on apprenticeship funding rules.

Click on the link for the most up to date information about apprenticeships to share with your members so they can access the apprenticeship service and reap the benefits of apprenticeships.

Latest Updates from the Department for International Trade

Two digital tools on launched to provide information to businesses exporting goods in and out of the UK market

The UK’s Ambassador to the WTO and UN in Geneva, Julian Braithwaite, delivers the UK´s first statement at the WTO following the UK’s exit from the EU on the 31 January.

Find out which trade agreements with non-EU countries are in place during and after the transition period.

The Department for International Trade has today launched a public consultation to inform the UK’s new independent global tariff policy.

Summary: A consultation to inform our own Most Favoured Nation tariff schedule, the UK Global Tariff.
This consultation closes at

Courses, seminars and workshops to help exporters understand their obligations under export control legislation.

The Department for International Trade has changed the process for inspecting the records of exporters of controlled goods.

The Secretary of State for International Trade announced the UK’s intention to launch a transition review of an EU trade remedy.

Trade remedies protect domestic industries from unfair practices around imports. The UK’s own independent trade policy includes a trade remedies system.

Latest Updates from the Department for International Trade

The most up to date snapshot of the UK’s trade and investment position, summarising trade statistics produced by ONS, HMRC, DIT and others. Produced by the Department for International Trade (DIT), this publication contains the latest UK trade and investment statistics. It draws on a number of sources from the UK, including the Office for National Statistics (ONS), HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and DIT, and international databases.

Find out which trade agreements with non-EU countries are in place during and after the transition period.

Current export licensing arrangements will continue to apply until the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020.

Information for UK businesses about the UK’s participation in the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) during the transition period.

How the government monitors imports into the UK.

Details on the UK’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences during and after the transition period.

Trade Secretary hosts UK businesses as she hails “a new era” and more support for exporters.

Information on sanctions regimes under the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 which are currently in force or will come into force from 11pm on 31 December 2020.

A communication to World Trade Organization (WTO) members following the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union on 31 January 2020.