Post EU Exit Guidance

The UK has left the EU, and businesses need support through the transition period which will end on 31st December 2020.

We are here to help you prepare and to ensure you have the latest information to continue trading internationally with minimal disruption.

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ChamberCustoms is a customs declaration service delivered by the Chamber for UK importers and exporters, of all sizes.

With our extensive knowledge, reputation and first-class service in facilitating International Trade, we can take the hassle out of your hands when it comes to importing and exporting goods.

With our direct links to HMRC Customs handling system and inventory linked ports, we can ensure that your goods, no matter where they enter or leave the UK, will be cleared for onward transportation smoothly and swiftly.

Click here to find out more about ChamberCustoms.

Don’t miss the ChamberCustoms Webinar Series: Countdown to Change – four topical and interactive webinarsdesigned to count down to the end of the EU Transition period.

They will be full of practical information and advice owhat businesses need to do now in order to be prepared for the changes on 1 January 2021. They will also guide businesses through the jargon and complexities of Customs processes to ensure they understand what change is required.

Hosted by British Chambers of Commerce Customs expert Liam Smyth, these highly relevant and engaging webinars will guide businesses through the complexity of change in our import and export processes, systems and controls from 1st January 2020.

Webinar Date Time Booking link
Webinar 1: 100 days to go Tuesday 22 September 15:30 – 16:30 Been & gone
Webinar 2: 75 days to go Friday 16 October 10:00 – 11:00 Been & gone
Webinar 3: 50 days to go Wednesday 11 November 10:00 – 11:00 Book here
Webinar 4: 30 days  to go  Tuesday 1 December 10:00 – 11:00 Book here

Please book to attend each individual webinar in this series. These events are FREE for Chamber members, with a charge for non-members.

Click here to see all upcoming International Trade events.

Check, Change, Go: Preparing for End of the Transition Period

To help you prepare, here are four things you should do:

1. Head to GOV.UK/transition to take a short survey and receive a personalised list of actions for you and your business to take.

2. If you’re an exporter, find out what you need to do to continue to export goods to the EU.

3. If you’re an importer, find out what you need to do to continue importing goods from the EU.

4. Sign up to email alerts to stay up to date with any further changes

These are concrete steps you can take now to minimise disruption and take advantage of new opportunities.

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Border Operating Model

The Border Operating Model provides clarity and certainty for the border industry and businesses, including technical detail on how the border with the EU will work after the transition period and the actions that traders, hauliers, ports and carriers need to take.

It covers all of the processes and systems, across all government departments, that will be used at the border. It provides clarity on the end to end journey for moving goods across the border – with information about controlled goods and new government systems that will support trade.

To help businesses prepare for these changes and continue to trade, guides on how to import and export goods are available in the form of a ‘journey’, so that you can clearly see every step you need to take to ensure that your goods are transported successfully.

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Importing

The process for importing goods from the EU will change. Businesses in Great Britain need to complete the following actions to continue importing from EU countries from 1 January 2021.

Great Britain is England, Wales and Scotland. Guidance on moving goods into, out of and through Northern Ireland will be added to GOV.UK in the coming weeks.

Click here for a step-by-step guide to importing.

Decision tree

If you trade with the EU, the government’s Import Decision Tree will help you prepare for these changes so you can continue to trade. Whether you’re completing the customs declarations yourself or have an intermediary to do it for you, these guides will take you through each step and set out your options.

The documents set out the information in the form of a ‘journey’, so that you can clearly see every step you need to take to ensure that your goods are transported successfully.

Click here for the import decision tree.

Exporting

The process for exporting goods to the EU will change. Businesses in Great Britain need to complete the following actions to continue exporting to EU countries from 1 January 2021.

Great Britain is England, Wales and Scotland. Guidance on moving goods into, out of and through Northern Ireland will be added to GOV.UK in the coming weeks.

Click here for a step-by-step guide to exporting.

Decision tree

If you trade with the EU, the government’s Import Decision Tree will help you prepare for these changes so you can continue to trade. Whether you’re completing the customs declarations yourself or have an intermediary to do it for you, these guides will take you through each step and set out your options.

The documents set out the information in the form of a ‘journey’, so that you can clearly see every step you need to take to ensure that your goods are transported successfully.

Click here for the export decision tree.

HMG launches Export Growth Plan to help businesses

The UK government has recently launched their Export Growth Plan with a package of measures to help businesses in England build back better following the pandemic.

The Department for International Trade’s (DIT) Export Growth Plan provides additional financial support and expertise, some of which is targeted towards specific regions that are most in need.

The plan includes:

– £38 million Internationalisation Fund available for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises.

– DIT introduces 64 new International Trade Advisors and an Export Academy in the Northern Powerhouse, Midlands Engine and the South West region.

– New policies will allow businesses to grow their overseas trade to help them recover from the economic impact of coronavirus.

Find out more

UK’s new points-based immigration system – Employer guidance

The way you hire from the EU is changing. From 1 January 2021, you will need to register as a licensed sponsor to hire eligible people from outside the UK.

Free movement is ending, and the new points-based immigration system will introduce job, salary and language requirements that will change the way you hire from the EU. The new system will treat EU and non-EU citizens equally and transform the way in which employers recruit from outside the UK.

Click the link below to find out how to become a sponsor, who you can hire and how the system works.

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Post-Transition Brexit Checklist

This checklist has been created to help you consider the changes that Brexit may bring to your firm, after the transition ends in December 2020. It is here to support business planning at both operational and Board levels.

Now that the UK has left the EU, a business-as-usual transition period as negotiations to establish a future relationship beyond December 2020 take place. If these talks fail to produce an agreement, a ‘no-deal’ Brexit is still possible in December 2020.

While some companies are planning for the challenges and opportunities ahead, Chambers of Commerce believe that all firms – not just those directly and immediately affected – should be undertaking a Brexit ‘health check’ and a broader test of existing business plans. Time spent thinking through the changes that Brexit may bring to your firm could yield real dividends in future.

The checklist below has been prepared in response to BCC research on business preparation, member queries and the information available from government.

We hope you find it useful as a basis for business planning at both operational and Board level.

Your firm doesn’t have to navigate Brexit alone.
Call the Brexit Helpline on 01522 846946

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Guidance Dashboard

We are now in a transition period as negotiations to establish a future relationship beyond December 2020 take place.

The British Chambers of Commerce has evaluated the quality of official guidance to assess whether it provides sufficiently clear, complete, visible, timely and actionable information which businesses can use to prepare for change.

This is not an assessment of the impact of a no-deal exit, or a judgement on the desirability of the policy change in each case. It is an assessment of whether businesses can act on the basis of the guidance available.

BCC has compiled the 35 questions most frequently raised by companies.

Only 9 are marked green – the top rating for available information based on our quality criteria; 7 are red – indicating wholly inadequate information at all on which to plan; and 19 are amber – indicating that some information is available but there remain gaps and / or other quality issues to address

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