Last week we held a webinar to inform members on maintaining trade in goods under the UK-EU TCAs. Joined by three government departments, the session provided a high-level update of the current state of play at the UK border with a review of the last few weeks as well as a reminder of the new customs processes and Rules of Origin Requirements.
The Border Protocol and Delivery Group, which sits within the Cabinet Office, provided members with some helpful insights on issues currently being reported and challenges hauliers were facing that have been causing delays. For example, issues on transit documentation and securing a negative COVID test before heading to port of departure.
HMRC reminded attendees of the phased implementation of new customs requirements on imports coming from the EU to GB, with July being the time frame for most businesses and goods being subject to full import declarations.
Lastly, the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy gave a presentation on Rules of Origin, including examples and how they may be used in order to access preferential tariffs in the TCA. The BEIS team have made the slide deck available, which goes through the required steps to comply with Rules of Origin:
- Classify your good
- Understand whether your good meets the applicable rule of origin
- Understand how to demonstrate origin to the customs authorities
Alternatively, businesses may choose to use a customs agent to help with Rules of Origin, and it is always sensible to seek advice from customs agents or qualified personnel on the best routes for your business to take.
The Q&A from this session will be made available on the ADS members area once we have followed up with relevant government departments to the questions.