How to comply with REACH chemical regulations

How to comply with REACH chemical regulations

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How to comply with the EU’s REACH chemical regulations when you’re using, making, selling or importing chemicals in the EU, and how to prepare for a no deal Brexit.

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Added link to the process maps collection

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EU Settlement Scheme Toolkit and BEIS Brexit Readiness Roadshows

EU Settlement Scheme Toolkit and BEIS Brexit Readiness Roadshows

The Home Office’s EU Settlement Scheme Employer Toolkit is at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/eu-settlement-scheme-employer-toolkit

BEIS is running a sequence of Brexit Readiness Roadshows – this will be a moving target to some extent as events will be added and removed as time goes on so it’s worth checking more than once if you’re interested either for yourselves or your members – the site is https://registration.livegroup.co.uk/brexitbusinessreadinessevents/

BEIS are also happy to cohost events with member TAs or run co-hosted webinars/similar.  If that’s something you would like to do please contact Ryan.Diggory@beis.gov.uk and he will steer you appropriately.

Join event to get your business up and running in the US

The hassle free way to land and expand in the US!
26th September – Birmingham
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Join us on Thursday 26th September in Birmingham at this intensive seminar, supported by the Department for International Trade, designed to help ambitious UK companies make the transition to the largest economic market on the planet…
Have you considered launching your business in the US? This event offers key market insights and expert advice on how to get started, including all of the planning, legal and hiring issues which you’ll need to be ready for.

Why you can’t miss this event:
• Critical insights & trends from market experts to avoid common pitfalls
• Real-world advice from companies that made it big in the US
• The need to know steps to create a US legal entity
• Advice on recruiting employees and potential hiring issues
• Learn about banking, taxes and selecting the right US city for you
• Find out how the Department for International Trade (DIT) can help your business land and *expand in the US
• And much more!

Join us on

Thursday 26 September 2019
09:00 – 13:00
in Birmingham, UK
Cost: £35 (incl VAT)

RSVP now!

The opportunities for ambitious UK businesses in the US are endless. We hope you can join us to explore the potential for your company!

Contact the Newable team for more information at americamadeeasyevents@newable.co.uk.

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www.gov.uk/dit

ASI Media Release, 13 September 2019

Aluminium Stewardship Initiative certifies Jiangsu Zhongji Lamination Materials Co., Ltd, against ASI Chain of Custody Standard

Jiangsu Zhongji Lamination Materials Co., Ltd, has achieved Certification to the ASI Chain of Custody for its facility in Jiangyin City, China. The certification includes post-casthouse activities related to their aluminium foil production.

Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) today announced that Jiangsu Zhongji Lamination Materials Co., Ltd, facility for aluminium foil production has been successfully certified against ASI’s Chain of Custody Standard. The same facility was also recently certified to the ASI Performance Standard.

The ASI CoC Standard sets out requirements for the creation of a Chain of Custody for material that is produced and processed through the value chain into diverse downstream sectors. The implementation of ASI’s CoC Standard links verified practices at successive steps of the supply chain – certified under the ASI Performance Standard – to the products produced by ASI Certified Entities.

The ASI Certification program was developed through an extensive multi-stakeholder consultation process and is the only comprehensive voluntary sustainability standard initiative for the aluminium value chain. The independent, third-party audit of Jiangsu Zhongji was carried out by DNV GL.

Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer at ASI, said “Warm congratulations to Jiangsu Zhongji for achieving CoC Certification soon after their Performance Standard Certification last month. The commitment of foil suppliers to ASI supports the focus on sustainability and responsible sourcing by downstream customers in the packaging sector and other foil-using sectors.”

Zhu Hongyu, general manager of Jiangsu Zhongji Company, said, “We are very happy to pass the ASI CoC Certification, and we are very grateful for the management of DNV and ASI that strongly supported us during the certification process. In the future, we will continue to support ASI.”
Consult the Jiangsu Zhongji summary audit report
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ASI Certification process
ASI’s Standards apply throughout the supply chain, from mining through to downstream sectors that use aluminium in their products. All current ASI members in the ‘Production and Transformation’ and ‘Industrial Users’ classes will be working towards their own ASI certifications in the coming two years. ASI Members are listed at https://aluminium-stewardship.org/about-asi/current-members/

ASI’s custom-built online assurance platform, elementAl underpins the entire certification workflow for both the ASI Performance Standard and Chain of Custody Standard. First, elementAl’s user-oriented interface and workflows support the prospective company during the initial self-assessment phase and data is protected by a secure firewall. With a click, the company can make their relevant elementAl information accessible to their chosen auditor.

Auditors use elementAl to support audit planning, on-site verification and reporting. ASI reviews submitted audit reports for conformity with ASI’s assurance procedures as a final control, before the certification approval and certificate(s) are issued. Full ASI certification is valid for three years, usually with a surveillance audit at approximately 18 months.

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About ASI
The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) is a global, multi-stakeholder, non-profit standards setting and certification organisation. It works towards responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium following an entire value chain approach. To this end, ASI launched its Performance Standard and Chain of Custody Standard in December 2017.

ASI’s 90+ members include leading civil society organisations; companies with activities in bauxite mining, alumina refining, aluminium smelting, semi-fabrication, product and component manufacturing, as well as consumer and commercial goods, including the automotive, construction and packaging industries; industry associations and other supporters.

ASI continues to seek engagement with commercial entities and stakeholders in the aluminium value chain from across the world. Organisations interested in membership are encouraged to learn more about our membership structure and how to join.

For further information contact:
Thad Mermer, ASI Communications Manager
thad@aluminium-stewardship.org

Visit: aluminium-stewardship.org

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 via Webex at 2:15pm Thursday 19 September. (To confirm this is the next forum after 12 September).

  • If you would like to sign up to the forum and attend in person, please register here. The password is Autumn.
  • If you are unable to attend in person and would like to participate remotely with the forum via Webex, please register here. The password is Autumn. The Webex details will be sent out the morning of the forum to only those registered via this link. Please note you will only be able to dial in using a laptop or desktop.

BEIS will be doing forums on a weekly basis once again and will send across all of the details as soon as we can, the majority will be on a Thursday 2:15pm-3:30pm.

EU Exit Business Readiness Weekly Bulletin

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Brexit Business Readiness Weekly Bulletin  

Issue 33: 23 September 2019

Introduction

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 during September and October.

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’.

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

BRO Grant

Top Line

On 29 August, Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom announced a £10m Business Readiness Fund for business organisations and trade associations to bid for support to help companies prepare for a ‘No Deal’ Brexit ahead of 31 October. For further information please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/business-secretary-launches-10-million-brexit-readiness-fund-for-business-organisations

Detail

The Business Readiness Fund is still open to business organisations and trade associations throughout the UK to support activity to fully prepare businesses for Brexit.

Activities funded by the grants must be open to both members and non-members, and to businesses large and small preparing for Brexit on 31 October. This will ensure all businesses will benefit and that there are no barriers, such as affordability of membership.

Applications for grants will be accepted up to Monday 30 September and further information and application details can be found  at https://businessreadinessfund.beis.gov.uk . Funding will have to be used on activities to be completed ahead of 31 October in order to ensure they are focused on Brexit preparations.

For any queries please contact us at businessreadinessfundenquiries@beis.gov.uk

Brexit Business Readiness Forum

Our next forum will be on Thursday 26 September, further details have been sent to relevant organisations under a separate cover.

We would really like to hear from you if there are any particular topics you would find useful for our upcoming forums. Please share your thoughts with us via sed@beis.gov.uk.

British Library Webinars

We are working with the British Library to produce a series of webinars to help prepare businesses for Brexit. The first webinar will be next Monday 30th September at 2pm covering he regulation of manufactured goods covered by the “New Approach” (i.e. mostly CE marked goods) in the event of no deal. Topics covered will include CE and UKCA Marking, Notified Bodies, conformity assessment, importer duties and declarations of conformity, and there will be the opportunity to ask questions.

All details can be found here and the link will be live from 1:30pm on Monday 30th September.

HMRC Helpline and Guidance

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.

Please see attached other guidance produced by HMRC to help prepare businesses.

SME Leaflet

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy have produced a leaflet for SMEs to help them prepare for leaving the EU. You can find it here or attached.

Internal Markets

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is working with Treasury on practical ways to ensure goods and services circulate freely within the four nations of the UK, post EU Exit.  (The project complements work being led by Cabinet Office to develop common frameworks that support collaboration in specific policy areas between the Devolved Administrations and UK Government.)

In order to ensure businesses and consumers are well represented as part of this work, we would like speak to businesses to understand how changes within the UK internal market could impact their members post EU Exit.

We’re interested in:

  • Whether your members’ businesses interact with businesses based in other UK nations?
  • Whether you have any experience of managing different UK country specific regulations within your members’ supply chains?
  • Would any regulatory divergence impact the flow of goods/people/services within your members’ domestic supply chains?
  • What interaction would you like with government to raise and address any issues?

Recent Announcements

Regulations

The Department for Health and Social Care have produced guidance for businesses supplying medicines and medical devices about plans for a ‘No Deal’ Brexit. Update – information on the more flexible approach suppliers can now take to help ensure the continuity of medical supplies following Brexit. It is a summary of the advice in the government’s 26 June 2019 letter to suppliers, presented as actionable guidance. Businesses supplying medicines and medical devices: preparing for Brexit

DEFRA have produced guidance on how to comply with the EU’s REACH chemical regulations when you’re using, making, selling or importing chemicals in the EU, and how to prepare for a no deal Brexit.  Update – Added link to the process maps collection How to comply with REACH chemical regulations

IPO and BEIS have produced guidance on changes to trade mark law in the event of no deal from the European Union. Update – Changes to trade mark law in the event of Brexit without a withdrawal agreement updated. Changes to trade mark law in the event of Brexit without a withdrawal agreement.

NEW –  Department for Health and Social Care have produced guidance on what providers and commissioners of healthcare services can do to manage the risks of a no-deal Brexit. How healthcare providers can prepare for Brexit

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy have produced guidance how conformity assessment bodies will be affected when the UK leaves the EU. Update – Updated to confirm that notified bodies who become approved bodies will keep the same 4-digit number as they have now. Conformity assessment bodies: status after Brexit

Importing and Exporting

NEW – HMRC have provided guidance if you’ve chosen to account for import VAT on your VAT Return in a no-deal Brexit.  Complete your VAT Return to account for import VAT in a no-deal Brexit.

NEW – HMRC have provided guidance if you’re a VAT-registered business find out when you can account for import VAT on your VAT Return for goods brought into the UK in a no-deal Brexit. Check when you’ll need to account for import VAT in a no-deal Brexit.

DEFRA and the Animal and Plant Health Agency have created IPAFFS as the UK’s new notification system for importing animals and animal products. Update – Revised page to explain more about what IPAFFS is – page will be updated when IPAFFS is open for registration and when any new import processes are confirmed. Import of products, animals, food and feed system (IPAFFS).

HMRC have created resources to help Brexit preparations. Update – Page updated to include two documents: ‘How to import goods from the EU into the UK through roll on roll off (RoRo) locations after Brexit’ and ‘How to export goods into the EU through roll on roll off (RoRo) locations after Brexit’. HMRC Brexit communications resources

NEW – DEFRA and the Food Standards Agency have published promotional material on the way you import to and export from the EU will change after Brexit. These flowcharts explain the new processes for meat and dairy products. Farmers and food producers: steps to export meat and dairy to the EU after Brexit

NEW – DEFRA have published promotional material on the way you import to and export from the EU will change after Brexit. These flowcharts explain the new processes for chemicals. Chemical exporters: steps to export chemicals to the EU after Brexit

NEW – DEFRA have published promotional material on the way you import to and export from the EU will change after Brexit. These flowcharts explain the new processes for exporting live animals. Farmers and livestock exporters: steps to export live animals to the EU after Brexit

NEW – DEFRA have published flow charts for the way you import to and export from the EU will change after Brexit. These flowcharts explain the new processes for certain goods and products. Flowcharts for import and export processes after Brexit

DEFRA have produced guidance on what you’ll need to export animals, products of animal origin and animal by-products in a no-deal Brexit. Update – Added link to the process maps collection. Exporting animals and animal products in a no-deal Brexit  

NEW – HMRC have produced guidance to find alternative offices of destination or departure when moving goods under Common Transit Convention through the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel in a no-deal Brexit. Moving goods through the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel using common transit

NEW – HMRC have produced guidance regarding the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel cannot process ATA Carnets, so find out where to go when moving goods with an ATA Carnet in a no-deal Brexit. Moving goods through the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel with an ATA Carnet

NEW – HMRC have produced guidance regarding the Port of Holyhead cannot process ATA Carnets, so you’ll need to go to Roadking Truckstop when moving goods with an ATA Carnet in a no-deal Brexit. Moving goods through the Port of Holyhead with an ATA Carnet

NEW – DEFRA have produced guidance on the movement of horses and other equines. Updated guidance on the movement of equines in a no deal scenario

DIT have produced guidance on UK trade agreements with non-EU countries in a no-deal Brexit. Update – Updated after signing of UK-Japan exchange of letters on mutual recognition of conformity assessment. UK trade agreements with non-EU countries in a no-deal Brexit

NEW – DEFRA have published guidance on what you’ll need to export animals, products of animal origin and animal by-products in a no-deal Brexit. Exporting animals and animal products in a no-deal Brexit

VAT Changes

NEW – HMRC have produced guidance to help you find out how to claim VAT refunds from EU member states after Brexit. Claim VAT refunds from EU countries after Brexit

NEW – HMRC have produced guidance to help you declare sales and pay VAT if you sell digital services to EU customers, by registering for VAT or VAT MOSS in an EU member state. Pay VAT when you sell digital services to EU customers after Brexit

Accounting

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy have produced guidance on how companies incorporated in the UK, or where the parent company is incorporated in the UK, can comply with UK accounting and reporting requirements after Brexit. Update – Increased visibility of calls to action. Removed information about what EEA companies need to do after Brexit. This information has been moved to a new guide. Accounting for UK companies after Brexit

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy have produced guidance on ow EEA companies and groups with a presence in the UK can comply with UK accounting and reporting requirements after Brexit. Update – moved information from the general accounting after Brexit guide. Increased visibility of calls to action. Accounting for EEA organisations after Brexit

Food and Drink

DEFRA have produced guidance what you need to do to prepare your food and drink business for a no-deal Brexit. Update – Added link to the process maps collection. Prepare your food and drink business for a no-deal Brexit

Food Standards Agency has produce guidance on how to find out how businesses that hold or seek authorisations for GM food or feed or animal feed additives, or export animal feed to the EU, will be affected if there is a no-deal Brexit. Exporting GM food and animal feed products if there is a no-deal Brexit

Business Support

Triage 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.

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.

Wolverhampton Brexit Workshop

Join our Wolverhampton​ workshop to create a business action plan

This is a practical session to help exporting businesses in Wolverhampton prepare for Brexit – sign up now

When and where?
Location: Wolverhampton Business Solutions Centre, Coxwell Avenue, Wolverhampton WV10 9RT
Date: 11 October 2019
Time: 09:00-14:00

Why attend?
The Government is accelerating Brexit preparations so that it is ready to leave the EU on 31 October. This is one of a series of DIT events to help you prepare for Brexit.

What will I learn?
You’ll leave the event with a personalised action plan covering:

  • paperwork needed to continue exporting
  • impact to supply chains
  • changes to regulations and contracts
  • where to find tariff information, commodity codes and duty rates
  • what you might need to speak to customers and employees about
  • moving goods across borders
  • business travel to the EU
  • providing services to EU clients
  • how to treat personal data

Who is this event for?
All exporting businesses, particularly those exporting to the EU. There are several events like this running across the country- you can see the full list here.

Please note places are limited and offered on a first come, first serve basis. Registration is required.
Sign up here

In case you can’t make it

See the full list of events here

EU Exit Business Readiness Weekly Bulletin

Brexit Business Readiness Weekly Bulletin

Issue 29: 4 September 2019

Introduction

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 the latest information and guidance from Government, designed to rally businesses to get ready for Brexit.

BRO Grant

Top Line

Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom has announced a £10m Business Readiness Fund for business organisations and trade associations to bid for support to help businesses in preparing for a ‘No Deal’ Brexit ahead of 31 October. For further information please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/business-secretary-launches-10-million-brexit-readiness-fund-for-business-organisations

Detail

The Business Readiness Fund is open to business organisations and trade associations throughout the UK and will support activity to fully prepare businesses for Brexit including events, training and the production of advice packs.

Activities funded by the grants must be open to both members and non-members, and to businesses large and small preparing for Brexit on 31 October. This will ensure all businesses will benefit, and that there are no barriers, such as affordability of membership.

Applications for grants will be accepted up to Monday 30 September and further information and application details can be found  at https://businessreadinessfund.beis.gov.uk . Funding will have to be used on activities to be completed ahead of 31 October in order to ensure they are focused on Brexit preparations.

For any queries please contact us at businessreadinessfundenquiries@beis.gov.uk

Brexit Business Readiness Forum

Our next forum will be on Thursday 12 September, further details have been sent to relevant organisations under a separate cover.

We would really like to hear from you if there is anything in particular that you would find useful for our upcoming forum, please share your thoughts with us via sed@beis.gov.uk.

Recent Announcements

EORI Number Update

Last week the Chancellor announced that as many traders as possible will be automatically allocated an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number to enable them to trade smoothly once the UK leaves the EU on 31 October. Every business will need an EORI number to move goods into or out of the EU after Brexit. HMRC is sending letters to all possible VAT-registered businesses over the next two weeks to advise them of their assigned EORI number. If your business is not VAT-registered, you still need to register for an EORI number. Getting an EORI number is an easy process that takes 5-10 minutes. Getting an EORI number is only the first step that businesses need to action urgently to be prepared for leaving the EU. After getting an EORI number, businesses need to decide how to make customs declarations. Traders can complete these themselves or employ a customs agent to do this.

Data Protection

If your members are a business or organisation and receive personal data from partners or suppliers in EU or EEA countries they must act now to ensure they can still do so legally after Brexit. Personal data is any information that can be used to identify someone, this could include a customer’s name, physical or IP addresses, or HR data such as staff working hours and payroll details. To continue receiving personal data legally after Brexit, review your supplier contracts and read this guidance: www.gov.uk/guidance/using-personal-data-after-brexit

Get Ready for Brexit Campaign

The new public information campaign, ‘Get Ready for Brexit’, will run across television, social media, billboards and other platforms. Government research shows that only 50% of the population think it’s likely the UK will leave the EU on 31 October, 42% of small-to-medium sized businesses are unsure of how they can get ready and just 31% of the British public have looked for information on how to prepare for Brexit. The campaign will tackle this head on by setting out what all members of the public and business owners might need to do, if anything, to get ready to leave the EU on 31 October. The campaign will include events throughout the UK to help business preparations. More details to follow.

Importing and Exporting

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs have provided guidance on what your members would need to do to prepare their food and drink business for a no-deal Brexit. Update – added link to eggs marketing standards guide: Prepare your food and drink business for a no-deal Brexit

HM Revenue & Customs have provided guidance on bringing goods into or taking goods out of the UK in baggage or a small motor vehicle, and if your members intend to use them for business, you must declare your goods and pay import duty and VAT before you move them across the border. Update – after Brexit, if your members import merchandise in baggage through any port or airport with a red channel or red phone point, they will now be able to declare their goods and pay duty using an online service, as long as the goods are: below £900; weighing less than 1,000kg; not licensed or controlled; not excise goods. The guidance has been updated to reflect this: Bringing merchandise from or to the UK in baggage or a small motor vehicle in a no-deal Brexit

Animal and Plant Health Agency have provided guidance on what certificates you need to export live animals from the UK, and what you’ll need to do in a no-deal Brexit. Update – replaced information about endangered animals with links to pages with more comprehensive information on CITES and what to do if there’s a no-deal Brexit: Export live animals

Workforce and People

Home Office have provided details on organisations funded to provide support to vulnerable and at risk EU citizens applying to the EU Settlement Scheme. Update – information for the East European Resource Centre and Royal Association for Deaf people updated: EU Settlement Scheme: community support for vulnerable citizens

Department of Health and Social Care have provided guidance on what adult social care providers and local authorities need to do to prepare for a no-deal Brexit. Update – added contact information for local care associations: Actions for adult social care providers to prepare for Brexit

Goods Vehicle Operators

Department for Transport have provided guidance on what UK goods vehicle operators need to do to carry out international road haulage if there’s a no-deal Brexit. Update – added information about buying ECMT permits from 30 August 2019 for journeys through EU and EEA countries to ECMT member countries in November and December 2019: Carry out international road haulage after Brexit

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency have provided details on the permits to travel to or through European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT) member countries, and the rules your members will have to follow. Update – updated information about buying permits for journeys until 31 December 2019. They will be able to buy these permits from 30 August 2019 – they only need to buy them if you’ll be travelling to non-EU or EEA countries through the EU or EEA: ECMT international road haulage permits

Regulations and Standards

HM Revenue & Customs have provided guidance on how VAT rules for UK businesses trading with EU countries would be affected if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. Update – detailed instructions on completing the European community sales list completion before Brexit has been added: VAT for businesses if there’s no Brexit deal

Other

Business Support

Triage 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.

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy – Sector Primers

These sector primers aim to 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

EU Exit Business Readiness Weekly Bulletin

Brexit Business Readiness Weekly Bulletin    

Issue 29: 4 September 2019

Introduction

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 the latest information and guidance from Government, designed to rally businesses to get ready for Brexit.

BRO Grant

Top Line

Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom has announced a £10m Business Readiness Fund for business organisations and trade associations to bid for support to help businesses in preparing for a ‘No Deal’ Brexit ahead of 31 October. For further information please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/business-secretary-launches-10-million-brexit-readiness-fund-for-business-organisations

Detail

The Business Readiness Fund is open to business organisations and trade associations throughout the UK and will support activity to fully prepare businesses for Brexit including events, training and the production of advice packs.

Activities funded by the grants must be open to both members and non-members, and to businesses large and small preparing for Brexit on 31 October. This will ensure all businesses will benefit, and that there are no barriers, such as affordability of membership.

Applications for grants will be accepted up to Monday 30 September and further information and application details can be found  at https://businessreadinessfund.beis.gov.uk . Funding will have to be used on activities to be completed ahead of 31 October in order to ensure they are focused on Brexit preparations.

Brexit Business Readiness Forum

Our next forum will be on Thursday 12 September, further details have been sent to relevant organisations under a separate cover.

Recent Announcements

EORI Number Update

Last week the Chancellor announced that as many traders as possible will be automatically allocated an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number to enable them to trade smoothly once the UK leaves the EU on 31 October. Every business will need an EORI number to move goods into or out of the EU after Brexit. HMRC is sending letters to all possible VAT-registered businesses over the next two weeks to advise them of their assigned EORI number. If your business is not VAT-registered, you still need to register for an EORI number. Getting an EORI number is an easy process that takes 5-10 minutes. Getting an EORI number is only the first step that businesses need to action urgently to be prepared for leaving the EU. After getting an EORI number, businesses need to decide how to make customs declarations. Traders can complete these themselves or employ a customs agent to do this.

Data Protection

If your members are a business or organisation and receive personal data from partners or suppliers in EU or EEA countries they must act now to ensure they can still do so legally after Brexit. Personal data is any information that can be used to identify someone, this could include a customer’s name, physical or IP addresses, or HR data such as staff working hours and payroll details. To continue receiving personal data legally after Brexit, review your supplier contracts and read this guidance: www.gov.uk/guidance/using-personal-data-after-brexit

Get Ready for Brexit Campaign

The new public information campaign, ‘Get Ready for Brexit’, will run across television, social media, billboards and other platforms. Government research shows that only 50% of the population think it’s likely the UK will leave the EU on 31 October, 42% of small-to-medium sized businesses are unsure of how they can get ready and just 31% of the British public have looked for information on how to prepare for Brexit. The campaign will tackle this head on by setting out what all members of the public and business owners might need to do, if anything, to get ready to leave the EU on 31 October. The campaign will include events throughout the UK to help business preparations. More details to follow.

Importing and Exporting

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs have provided guidance on what your members would need to do to prepare their food and drink business for a no-deal Brexit. Update – added link to eggs marketing standards guide: Prepare your food and drink business for a no-deal BrexitHM Revenue & Customs have provided guidance on bringing goods into or taking goods out of the UK in baggage or a small motor vehicle, and if your members intend to use them for business, you must declare your goods and pay import duty and VAT before you move them across the border. Update – after Brexit, if your members import merchandise in baggage through any port or airport with a red channel or red phone point, they will now be able to declare their goods and pay duty using an online service, as long as the goods are: below £900; weighing less than 1,000kg; not licensed or controlled; not excise goods. The guidance has been updated to reflect this: Bringing merchandise from or to the UK in baggage or a small motor vehicle in a no-deal Brexit

Animal and Plant Health Agency have provided guidance on what certificates you need to export live animals from the UK, and what you’ll need to do in a no-deal Brexit. Update – replaced information about endangered animals with links to pages with more comprehensive information on CITES and what to do if there’s a no-deal Brexit: Export live animals

Workforce and People

Home Office have provided details on organisations funded to provide support to vulnerable and at risk EU citizens applying to the EU Settlement Scheme. Update – information for the East European Resource Centre and Royal Association for Deaf people updated: EU Settlement Scheme: community support for vulnerable citizens

Department of Health and Social Care have provided guidance on what adult social care providers and local authorities need to do to prepare for a no-deal Brexit. Update – added contact information for local care associations: Actions for adult social care providers to prepare for Brexit

Goods Vehicle Operators

Department for Transport have provided guidance on what UK goods vehicle operators need to do to carry out international road haulage if there’s a no-deal Brexit. Update – added information about buying ECMT permits from 30 August 2019 for journeys through EU and EEA countries to ECMT member countries in November and December 2019: Carry out international road haulage after Brexit

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency have provided details on the permits to travel to or through European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT) member countries, and the rules your members will have to follow. Update – updated information about buying permits for journeys until 31 December 2019. They will be able to buy these permits from 30 August 2019 – they only need to buy them if you’ll be travelling to non-EU or EEA countries through the EU or EEA: ECMT international road haulage permits

Regulations and Standards

HM Revenue & Customs have provided guidance on how VAT rules for UK businesses trading with EU countries would be affected if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. Update – detailed instructions on completing the European community sales list completion before Brexit has been added: VAT for businesses if there’s no Brexit deal

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Business Support

Triage 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.

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy – Sector Primers

These sector primers aim to 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.

Brexit Business Readiness Forum 12 September

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  • Next week’s Forum will take place between 10am-11am, Thursday 12 September, at 1 Victoria Street, London, and will cover the recently launched business readiness grants scheme for trade associations and business intermediaries and, further details on the new public information campaign that will include an upcoming national, “one Government” national business readiness roadshow. On this occasion, we are partnering with HMRC on a full day event on importing and exporting – full details are below. If you would prefer to attend our slightly shorter forum via WebEx we will provide details the morning of the event, if you would prefer to attend the full day event please contact events.icc@hmrc.gov.uk by COP Friday 6 September as places will be limited. Further information from the event will be included in the bulletin.
  • As there is industrial action currently taking place at BEIS, please use our main entrance on the day.

Full day details

From feedback we have received, we are aware that a number of people were wanting to hear more from HMRC and on importing and exporting. We are working with HMRC on a Brexit Business Readiness Conference which will update you on HM Government’s no deal preparations and what businesses need to do, particularly focusing on importing and exporting. In the main sessions we will explore what’s needed for importing and exporting after Brexit, and the government measures introduced to support business readiness. You’ll also be able to pick from a number of tailored breakout sessions for Importers, Exporters, and Hauliers – as well as on the Common Transit Convention, Food and Agricultural specific import/export, and the EU Settlement Scheme. The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, will give a keynote speech. After the event we’ll provide materials to support your communications to the businesses and organisations you represent. The event will take place between 10am and 4pm, with registration from 9.30am.

  • If you would like to sign up to the forum and attend in person, please register here. The password is Sapphire. If you have already registered for the forum, there is no need to do it again.
  • If you are unable to attend in person and would like to participate remotely with the forum via Webex, please register here. The password is Sapphire. The Webex details will be sent out the morning of the forum. Please note you will only be able to dial in using a laptop or desktop, webex is available for our forum section as usual.