Coronavirus (COVID-19) Businesses and Employers Bulletin – 24 September 2020

This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19). All coronavirus business support information can be found at

  • Chancellor outlines Winter Economy Plan
  • Restrictions on businesses and venues in England
  • Working from home and working safely guidance
  • New and Updated Guidance

Read more: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Businesses and Employers Bulletin – 24 September 2020

Customs and Border Controls from January 2021

Some additional guidance and material which you are welcome to share in the meantime:

September Trader letter which covers EORI and other actions traders should be taking now:

Step-by-step guides that may be useful to signpost businesses to:

Traders will also need to know if the goods are on the controlled goods list or not, so there’s more information about that here:

Videos have been published on HMRC’s official YouTube channel – one on Customs, one on Imports and one on Exports. These may be of interest to you or any businesses you are supporting.

These videos are as follows:

Description: If you’re a UK business thinking about bringing in goods from overseas, this video is here to help you understand more about the customs process. For more information have a look at the guidance available on

Description: If you’re a UK business thinking about bringing goods from overseas into the UK to sell or use in your business, this video is here to help you understand more about the decisions and processes for importing into the UK. For more information have a look at the guidance available on 

Description: If you’re a UK business thinking about selling products overseas, this video is here to help you understand more about the decisions and processes for exporting to other countries. For more information have a look at the guidance available on

Post 2020 Chemicals Regulation: UK REACH


  • Current situation
  • What UK REACH means for industry
  • Establishing UK REACH
  • In Summary
  • What is DEFRA doing to help businesses?
  • Actions for Business: Access to the UK Market – Transitional Measures
  • Grace Period Deadline Extensions
  • Maintaining EU/EEA Market Access and Making New Registrations
  • Data Sharing
  • Negotiations
  • To sum up DEFRA recommends that UK and EU businesses

Read more: UK REACH



European Commission announces preliminary duties on Chinese extrusions

Tuesday 22 September, the European Commission announced its intention to impose provisional anti-dumping duties on aluminium extrusions originating in China. Please see the Commission’s summary of the proposed duties here.

The proposed preliminary duties range from 30,4 – 38,2 % for some companies; 34,9% for companies that cooperated in the investigation and 48% for all other Chinese producers (i.e. the companies that did not cooperate with the Commission’s investigation). The standard applicable import duty of 7, 5 % will come ON TOP of the proposed anti-dumping duty.

The products covered by the duties are aluminium bars, rods, profiles (whether or not hollow), tubes, pipes; unassembled; whether or not prepared for use in structures (e.g., cut-to-length, drilled, bent, chamfered, threaded); made from aluminium, whether or not alloyed, containing not more than 99.3 % of aluminium.

They are currently developing an extensive list of cooperating and non-cooperating companies, but it is important to note that the biggest Chinese extruder Zhongwang (Liaoning Zhongwang Group Co., Ltd. and Yingkou Zhongwang Aluminium Business Co., Ltd) is subject to the 48% duty as it did not cooperate.

Chancellor outlines Winter Economy Plan

Rishi Sunak unveils government’s plan to protect jobs and support businesses over the coming months.

  • central to plan is a new Job Support Scheme and extension of Self Employment Income Support Scheme
  • and over one million businesses will get flexibilities to help pay back loans

Read more: Chancellor outlines Winter Economy Plan

Avoiding Porosity When Welding Aluminium

Porosity in aluminium welds is caused by gas that becomes trapped in the weld pool when the metal freezes before all of the gas in the weld pool has a chance to escape.

The amount of porosity depends on how fast the weld pool solidifies. Increasing the welding current and/or decreasing the travel speed will increase the heat input, and help retard the cooling rate, allowing gases to escape from the weld pool and thereby reducing the risk of porosity.

Find out more here: Avoiding Porosity When Welding Aluminium



SCIP Deadline Unlikely to Move

Companies in scope of the European Union (EU) Waste Framework Directive (WFD) are unlikely to get any additional time to prepare for their submissions to the Substances of Concern as such, or in complex articles (Products) (SCIP) database, says the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

Although the ECHA has received feedback regarding the difficulty of meeting the EU WFD’s more data-heavy requirements, it asserted that companies have had adequate time to meet these requirements.

“REACH Article 33 is an equivalent duty that has been in place for over ten years,” ECHA advised.

The European Commission concurred.

“The Commission continues to encourage companies to do what is possible to fulfill their legal obligations…they still have a number of months to prepare for the SCIP database notification obligation.”

While true that some companies in scope of the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation already have some systems in place for meeting Article 33 communication requirements, they also need to collect, generate, and map new article data to complete their SCIP submissions.

They can then submit the data to the SCIP database either online, offline, or through a system-to-system transmission. Even if they already have REACH data, companies need expertise, process, and control systems to acquire and manage the additional EU WFD data, and create secure article dossiers that won’t reveal proprietary information. Doing this properly can create a business advantage when evaluators access the SCIP databas

What This Means for Your Company

The pressure on companies to report on substances of very high concern (SVHCs) continues to build. Just five days before the January 5, 2021, SCIP database deadline, the EU Market Surveillance Regulation will come into effect. Using the Union Product Compliance Network database, market surveillance agencies will be able to access centralized enforcement data from all member states. They will also gain access to the SCIP database, allowing them to zero in on non-compliant articles placed on the EU single market.

Source: Assent Regulatory Review

Funding for new employees through the kickstart scheme

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds.

This government initiative provides funding to employers to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

This is part of the government’s Plan for Jobs and aims to create hundreds and thousands of new, fully funded jobs across England, Scotland and Wales. The first placements are likely to be available from November.

Funding is available for:

  • 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week
  • associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

There is also £1500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training.

The funding is available to companies of all sizes there is no minimum or maximum placement requirement.

To find out more and to register your interest in the scheme please click below: Kickstart scheme.

If you would like to find out more about the scheme then join for a free webinar where an employment expert will be able to answer all of your questions: Thursday 24th September 2020 at 12:00 pm – Register: Patway Kickstart webinar.


We are very pleased to welcome Multipanel UK into membership of the Aluminium Federation

We are very pleased to welcome Multipanel UK into membership of the Aluminium Federation. Established in 2004, Multipanel UK brought ACP manufacturing home to Britain in 2014. Their factory on the South Coast of England uses the most advanced manufacturing and logistics technology in the industry. With an initial capacity to produce 6,500,000 m2 per year of the highest quality rigid sheet materials, continued investment including a second production line has increased their annual capacity to 10,000,000m2.

Using the power of our UK production line, they pride themselves on the precision, rigidity and flatness of every panel they stock. Using the finest raw materials carefully sourced from Europe, they match (and often exceed) the quality on offer from any manufacturer. Their British engineering approach allows them to consistently achieve the best price vs quality ratio in the market.