US tariff measures annoucement (Airbus WTO Dispute)

Conference call invitation Friday 4 October 2019 for 13:30US tariff measures announcement (Airbus WTO Dispute)

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has released its report on US retaliatory rights in relation to the Airbus dispute.

DIT’s Press Statement can be found here.

Take part in the information session that DIT will be hosting to inform stakeholders who will be affected by or have an interest in this report. This will take place on Friday 4 October 2019 at 13:30. To join the call and receive dial-in details please register here. The conference ID number is 2875695. If you would like to attend in person or have any questions regarding the call please email

Actions for UK importers & exporters to prepare for a no-deal brexit

The UK will leave the EU on 31 October 2019

You are receiving this email from the Department for International Trade (DIT) because we support businesses to trade internationally.

If you are a UK business that imports and/or exports, you will need to act now to prepare for the changes that will affect your trading with Europe and the rest of the world.

Businesses are taking action and by following some simple steps, you can better prepare your business for Brexit.

You should check the latest guidance and steps to:

Further information and key actions for UK businesses in a no-deal Brexit:

Further information and key actions for UK importers of goods in a no-deal Brexit:

The Government is holding events to help your business get ready for Brexit. Sign up to:

Keep up-to-date on Brexit and get tailored guidance:

Sign up for alerts (regular Brexit updates) on subjects including the Article 50 process, trade negotiations, and announcements about changes to trading.

Get detailed information and tailored guidance on Brexit by answering a few questions at If you can’t find the answers to your questions contact the imports and exports helpline.

EU Exit information for our members

EU Exit information and event links

EU Exit Advice for SMEs

EU Exit advice videos on a range of key topics including the UKCA mark, authorised representatives and importer labelling, business legal requirements: cross-border mergers and operating in the UK, business legal requirements: merger review and anti-competitive activity, use of personal data, EORI registration, transitional simplified procedures registration, using a customs agent, exporting, hauliers and business travel.

HMRC webinars with information for businesses importing and exporting between the UK and the EU

Sign-up for Brexit Business Readiness Events, being held across the country

A call for input to inform the UK’s approach to our future trading relationship with Japan

Brexit Business Readiness Forum

Brexit Business Readiness Forum

BEIS are pleased to confirm that the next Brexit Business Readiness Forum will be held at BEIS in the Conference Centre and broadcast. Please see the below agenda and registration details for the next two forums.

Please see the below registration details for this week’s forum on Thursday 3rd October at 14:45pm. Registration for attending in person and on Webex will close at 23:00 Wednesday 2nd October. Agenda items currently include and update from DExEU, Internal Markets, Energy and Exhaustion of IP Rights.

  • If you would like to attend in person, please sign up here. The password is Oktoberfest. Arrivals will be from 14:15pm from the main reception where people will escort you down. Please show an ID and your invitation at the door.
  • If you would like to dial in via Webex, please sign up here. The password is Oktoberfest. Webex details will be emailed the morning of Thursday 3rd October. Please note you can only dial in through a computer.

Brexit Business Readiness Weekly bulletin

brexit updates


Brexit Business Readiness Weekly Bulletin

Issue 34: 30 September 2019


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 information and guidance for business on the UK exiting the EU.  This Bulletin aims to provide you and your networks with important information from Government and rally businesses to get ready for Brexit.  

Brexit Business Readiness Events

As part of its new ‘Get ready for Brexit’ campaign, the Government is running a series of free business readiness events across the UK.

These free events will offer businesses help and advice on how to prepare for Brexit, enabling them to meet with government advisors to discuss what they need to do, understand what’s changing in their industry, and get information on specific rules and regulations.  Each event will feature interactive support and advice stands and in-depth sessions led by subject matter experts. They will encourage businesses to use the new checker tool to quickly identify what they need to do to ‘Get ready for Brexit’.

More than 800 businesses have already attended and last week 85% of attendees left feeling better prepared for Brexit. The next locations are:

  • Southampton – Monday 20 September
  • Brighton – Tuesday 1 October
  • Hull – Thursday 3 October
  • Plymouth – Thursday 3 October
  • Leeds – Friday 4 October
  • Derry/Londonderry – Monday 7 October
  • Cambridge – Monday 7 October
  • Belfast – Tuesday 8 October
  • Ipswich – Tuesday 8 October
  • Newcastle – Wednesday 9 October
  • Carlisle – Friday 11 October
  • Cardiff – Monday 14 October
  • Liverpool – Monday 14 October
  • Bristol – Tuesday 15 October
  • Wrexham – Tuesday 15 October

Please share this with your members and to find out more and book, visit Brexit Business Readiness Events.

Brexit Business Readiness Forum

Our next forum will be on Thursday 3rd October, further details have been sent to relevant organisations under a separate cover.

We would really like to hear of any particular topics you would find useful for our upcoming forums. Please share your thoughts with us via

British Library Webinars

We are working with the British Library to produce a series of webinars to help businesses prepare for Brexit. The next webinar will be next Wednesday 9th October at 11am covering carbon pricing policy in the event of no deal. Topics covered will include the implications for UK businesses of leaving the EU Emissions Trading System, emissions monitoring and reporting requirements in 2019 and 2020, and compliance with the Carbon Emissions Tax. There will be the opportunity to ask questions.

All details can be found here and the link will be live from 10:30pm on Wednesday 9th October. More webinars will be confirmed in due course.

HMRC Helpline

On Monday 16 September, HMRC launched the EU Exit Import and Export Trader Helpline for traders and hauliers importing from / exporting to the EU after October 31.

The helpline number is 0300 3301 331. Lines will be open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday. Please make your members and stakeholders aware of this support line.

Border Delivery Group Webinars

Get Ready for Brexit! If you are an EU based business trading goods to or via the UK, please sign up to a webinar led by the UK Government Border Delivery Group to receive guidance and information on the steps you may need to take before 31 October.

To avoid disruption following the UK’s exit from the EU, traders, customs agents, hauliers and other intermediaries must take action and have the right paperwork in place to enable their goods to pass through controls at the UK and EU borders. The UK Government Border Delivery Group (BDG) is arranging a series of webinars targeted at EU businesses which will help to provide clarity on what is expected of them, their clients and their supply chain as they look to trade goods across the border.

Please note that attendance at each event will be capped. We invite you to register for these webinars via the Eventbrite link.

Supply Chain Engagement

As part of efforts to prepare SMEs for the 31 October, BEIS is offering to co-host workshops with companies with large supply chains on preparing for Brexit. We are particularly interested in reaching out to SMEs within supply chains who may not have otherwise undertaken the necessary preparations. This can include face-to-face events, webinars or other ways to effectively engage supply chains.

Should you be interested in co-hosting a supply chain engagement with BEIS, please email for more information. For trade associations, as appropriate, please make your members with large supply chains aware of this initiative.

Recent Announcements


NEW – Office for Product Safety and Standards have produced detailed guides for businesses on specific product safety and metrology regulations in a no deal Brexit. UK product safety and metrology in a no deal Brexit

Cabinet Office have produced information for public authorities, businesses and other organisations on the outcome for public procurement policy in a no deal Brexit scenario. Update – section on what will change for businesses. Public-sector procurement after a no deal Brexit

NEW – Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency have provided guidance which clarifies the expectations on the application of the EU guidance on good pharmacovigilance practices (GVP) in a no deal Brexit. Exceptions and modifications to the EU guidance on good pharmacovigilance practices that will apply in a no deal Brexit.

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy with the IPO have produced guidance about changes to Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs) and patent law in the event of no deal from the European Union.  Update – Changes to SPC and patent law in the event of Brexit without a withdrawal agreement. Changes to SPC and patent law in the event of Brexit without a withdrawal agreement

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy have produced guidance about what UK audit firms, UK auditors, and those with UK audit qualifications need to do. Update – Increased visibility of calls to action. Removed information about what EEA auditors and audit firms need to do after Brexit. This information has been moved to a new guide. Auditing for UK auditors and audit firms operating in the EEA after Brexit

Importing and Exporting

NEW – Department for Transport have provided a summary of the driver, vehicle, cargo and customs documents required to transport goods into the EU after Brexit. Hauliers and commercial drivers: you will need new documents to transport goods into the EU after Brexit.

NEW – Guidance has been published on the process for freight roll-on, roll-off (RORO) imports and exports between the UK and the EU for a no deal Brexit (excluding Northern Ireland). How to move goods through RORO locations in a no deal Brexit: EU to UK and UK to EU.

HMRC have produced guidance about simplified customs processes for UK businesses trading with the EU in a no-deal Brexit. Update – Information about moving goods with an ATA Carnet through the ports of Holyhead and Dover and Eurotunnel has been added. Using customs procedures in a no-deal Brexit


HMRC have produced guidance to find out what grants you can apply for to get funding for training and IT improvements if your business completes customs declarations. Update – Information about how to treat the grants for tax has been added. Apply for grants if your business completes customs declarations

Food and Drink

DEFRA have produced guidance on how rules for producing, processing, labelling and trading organic food will change if there’s a no deal Brexit. Update – Explained users might need to contact export control bodies in countries they’re importing from, and if any rules change following a no deal Brexit they will be published in this guide. Trading and labelling organic food after Brexit

Business Support

Checker Tool

GOV.UK has an online checker tool to help businesses prepare for the UK leaving the EU. Businesses can use the Checker Tool to find out:

  • What their business may need to do to prepare for the UK leaving the EU
  • What’s changing in their sector
  • Information on specific rules and regulations

Businesses will need to answer 7 simple questions to get guidance relevant to their business.

Get Ready for Brexit Videos

Government has produced 11 ‘how to prepare for Brexit videos’ aimed at business. The topics they cover are:

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy – Sector Primers

These sector primers bring together on one webpage the top 3 – 5 issues for each sector and provide guidance.  The primers link through to more detailed material elsewhere on GOV.UK. Please could you pass on to your members and networks. The sectors covered are:

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – Sector Primers

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)

DCMS have issued new guidance on what to expect on day one of a ‘no deal’ scenario if you’re a creative business, small arts organisation or sports organisation that currently travels only to the EU, such as:

  • touring professional choir
  • touring chamber orchestra
  • touring string quartet
  • small touring ballet company
  • small touring theatre company
  • school football team
  • amateur sports team
  • pop or rock band

Check what you need to do.

Ministry of Defence (MOD)

The defence sector and preparing for Brexit

There may be changes that affect businesses, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. Please see details from the defence sector and preparing for Brexit here.

EU EXIT: Business Intelligence and Engagement Team

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

How to comply with REACH chemical regulations

Preparations Government has made to support the chemicals sector in preparing for Brexit on 31 October 2019.

The following list details the suite of written guidance the Government has produced:

  • REACH no deal guidance
  • REACH deal guidance
  • Chemicals Sector Brexit page
  • Chemicals REACH guidance
  • Import/ export chemicals process map

All these materials can be accessed via the Gov.UK REACH Guidance page. Developments in additional products to help businesses prepare for Brexit are underway. They will be shared shortly for all ALFED members.

Statutory Instruments (SIs) laid to amend the REACH etc. (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

  1. Amending SI 1: OR Notification:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        An amendment to was laid to account for downstream users of ‘third country’ registrations held by EU based Only Representatives. Only Representatives (ORs) representing EU or third country importers to UK REACH will now benefit from these measures and be able to notify continued use of a substance on behalf of their downstream users.  These ORs must be UK based.

The amending SI and explanatory notes are available here

  1. Amending SI 2: ‘in-flight’ Authorisations:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Under a ‘no-deal’ scenario, there may be applications for authorisation for SVHCs which will not have been formally agreed by ECHA and the EU Commission at the point of exit. Previously, where the latest application date (LAD) or sunset date for a substance passes before exit day, use of the substance in the UK would have to cease from exit day. The amendment ensures that authorisation applications that fall into this situation will have their LAD and sunset date moved automatically to 18 months after our day of exit from the EU. Those wishing to continue using such substances after that point must submit a new Authorisation application to the HSE.

The amending SI and explanatory notes are available here.

ASI News – September 2019

Aluminium Stewardship Initiative

In the September edition of the ASI Newsletter

  • New ASI government Handbook V2
  • ASI 100 members
  • ASI Independent Director appointment
  • ASI Certificate update
  • educationAl Webinars
  • ASI Membership news

September ASI news

‘Tit for tat’ tariffs – get up to speed with what’s moving markets

Five Things You Need to Know to Start Your Day

Get up to speed with what’s moving markets and check out the story from Bloomberg regarding tariffs.

Bloomberg- tariffs

GS1 and DIT press release

GS1 UK made strategic partner by the Department for International Trade’s Exporting is GREAT campaign London

The Department for International Trade (DIT) today announced that trusted barcode issuer and global supply chain standards body GS1 UK has been made a strategic partner of the award-winning Exporting is GREAT campaign.

The aim of the partnership is to accelerate growth among British businesses and will include:

  • Joint research and insight sharing to identify UK businesses who are considering exporting or are ready to export to international markets
  • Joint digital initiatives to drive traffic to the government’s hub for international trade advice
  • Joint export events across the UK to promote international trade
  • Collaborating to develop potential products and services to support UK businesses to prosper internationally

GS1 UK helps businesses grow through standardising their supply chain processes, allowing them to export internationally. Ranging from product barcodes to patient wristbands, GS1 UK helps companies increase their visibility, grow their networks by guiding them towards the right barcode identifiers and product information and connect them with multinationals and market opportunities.

Gary Lynch, chief executive officer of GS1 UK, said:

“We share DIT’s desire to support and showcase innovative British businesses and there is a natural synergy in what we both do. Demand for British products remains high around the world and we want to help give companies the leg-up they need to take advantage of the wealth of opportunities internationally.

“We are proud to be part of DIT’s Exporting is GREAT campaign and that they recognise us a key conduit to international trade. We look forward to continuing to bang the drum at home and abroad that Britain is very much open for business.”

The supply chain standards organisation has long supported the UK government department’s work, following signing an official memorandum of understanding (MOU) in December 2017 to formalise the collaboration. The partnership comes as the campaign steps up its ambition to create an exporting movement that encourages and informs UK businesses to take advantage of international export opportunities in order to accelerate scale-up growth.

Conrad Bird, Director of Campaigns and Marketing at DIT, said:

“We are proud and delighted to be working with GS1 as a strategic partner for our exporting campaign. They, like the Department for International Trade, are fully committed to supporting UK exporters and we look forward to seeing this partnership grow over the coming months.”

The campaign puts real exporters at the heart of its messaging by building an Export Champion Community, over 1,300 businesses that feature in the campaign’s advertising, PR and social media content and form a nationwide network to advise SME’s and lead by example.

More than a quarter of the Export Champion Community are currently GS1 UK members. Exporters can join the community by visiting

GS1 UK itself has more than 39,000 members across more than 25 sectors, of which 95% of these members are small and medium businesses. 

Chris Lilley, Managing Director of GS1 UK member Lilley’s Cider, said:

“As consumer demand for our products has grown, we’ve realised the importance of being able to supply companies with a globally recognised system. Introducing GS1 barcodes has allowed us to trade on a larger scale, enabling us to supply major companies that rely on future-proof systems.

“The combination of GS1’s global barcodes and the support provided by DIT has facilitated Lilley’s successful expansion and the business now exports to Europe and beyond. Recent introductions effected by GS1 UK following an event in the Czech Republic initiated discussions with potential buyers as well as the British Chamber of Commerce in Prague.

“This demonstrates the cohesion of GS1 and DIT’s partnership which, from first-hand experience, I know can be utilised by SMEs looking for support and advice.”

The not-for-profit organisation’s recent Buying British report found that domestic entrepreneurialism continues to flourish, with 84% of new joiners in 2018 coming from the SME subset.


About GS1 UK

GS1 UK is just one of 114 neutral and independent GS1 organisations operating worldwide. From product barcodes to patient wristbands, GS1 standards have been transforming the way we work and live for more than 40 years.

Whether online, in store or in a hospital, the common language of GS1 global standards is helping our community of more than 39,000 organisations across Britain to uniquely identify, describe and track anything, creating greater trust in data for everyone.


About the Department for International Trade (DIT)

The Department for International Trade (DIT) acts to secure UK and global prosperity by promoting and financing international trade and investment, and championing free trade.

As an international economic department, the DIT are responsible for:

  • bringing together policy, promotion and financial expertise to break down barriers to trade and investment, and help businesses succeed
  • delivering a new trade policy framework for the UK as we leave the EU
  • promoting British trade and investment across the world
  • building the global appetite for British goods and services

Exporting is GREAT – the UK Government’s most ambitious export-focused marketing campaign ever – aims to build a nationwide movement of companies selling their products and services overseas. The campaign, led by the Department for International Trade (DIT), aligns with the Government’s Export Strategy which sets an ambition to grow the UK’s overseas sales as a share of GDP from 30% to 35% by:

  • encouraging and inspiring businesses that can export but don’t or are just beginning,
  • informing businesses; helping them access the right information, advice and practical assistance,
  • connecting businesses to overseas buyers, markets and each other, and
  • ensuring no viable export fails for lack of finance or insurance from the private sector.

The Exporting is GREAT campaign supports this ambition by focusing its objectives on increasing the number of companies that: believe they can export, know where to go for export support, take action towards exporting, and intend to start (or have started) exporting. It acts on DIT insight and aims to change companies’ export-related attitudes and behaviours by sharing informative, practical and inspirational content, via a wide range of integrated channels.


DIT Brexit Readiness Event/Gulf Roadshow

DIT Brexit Readiness Event/Gulf Roadshow

Events that may be of interest to our members

  • DIT’s Brexit-readiness events for exporters – Starting earlier this week, there are 100 events around England covering topics such as the impact to supply chains, changes to regulations and contracts, where to find tariff information, and what companies might need to speak to customers/employees about. Attendees will leave the event with a personalised plan of actions to take to prepare for Brexit. (BEIS are holding similar events, but they are not targeted specifically at exporters (although exporting is covered). They take place across the UK. Find out more here.)
  • DIT Gulf Roadshow – Taking place from 14 to 17 October in Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham and London, the roadshow is aimed at experienced exporters in education/training, healthcare, life sciences, infrastructure, creative industries and tech. Senior experts from Gulf Cooperation Council markets will share their experience and insight into winning business in the region.

Registration/contact details are included on the relevant webpages.  If you have any questions regarding the Exporting is GREAT campaign in general, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.