EU Exit Updates

ActSmart will be providing regular updates on the EU exit.

Watch this space for the latest information and advice tailored for retail businesses operating in the cycle sector.

ActSmart have been working with partner members of the Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC) to bring you the most up to date retail focussed advice, particular credit is due to the Association of Convenience Stores, our leading IRC political advocacy partner, for their input.


Minister Sets out Six Key Actions for Business Preparedness

Published 19th January

Small Business Minister, Paul Scully has set out six key actions businesses must take to ensure they can operate as normal in the post EU environment. The six key actions include; registering for an EORI number if you wish to move goods, applying to become a licensed sponsor to hire skilled staff from the EU and understanding changes to accounting and reporting. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has also launched a series of new videos to help explain actions businesses should consider. The Business Support Helpline (0800 098 1098) is a free service operating across England that can aid business understanding of the new rules and requirements.

BEIS: Act now to keep your business moving in 2021, Business Minister urges 


EU Exit support webinars

Published 15th January

  • HMRC customs declarations webinars: covering how to complete customs import declarations and explaining how to make import declarations when importing goods between the EU and Great Britain. To register and find a date, click here. 
  • HMRC webinars: Importing: staged controls and how to prepare to use them / Exporting: actions you need to take to prepare for 1 January 2021. To register, and for more information. click here.
  • UK Transition Period: HSE and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday 20 January at 10am. The event will cover actions businesses need to take in preparation for the end of the transition period on 1 January 2021 when independent GB chemical regimes will be in place. To register, and for more information, click here. 


Government information for retailers 

Published 14th January

Below is a collation of all the Government information and resources currently available for retailers.

Movement of goods and materials:

Step-by-step guide to importing from the EU to the UK here.

Step-by-step guide to exporting to the EU from the UK here.

Moving goods between the UK and Ireland: Those who move goods between the UK and Ireland need to complete a Pre-Boarding Notification (PBN) using the Irish Revenue's system. A user guide is available from the Irish Government here.

Ongoing customs movements and procedures at the end of the transition period: Guidance on, what to do if you had goods in customs procedures at the end of the transition period, has been updated, with information about moving goods from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. For information, click here.

Get a goods movement reference: Guidance on using this service to get a reference, after registering with the Goods Vehicle Movement Service, has been updated with new information on declaring goods orally or by conduct. For information, click here.

Moving goods through the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel using common transit: Guidance on finding alternative offices or destination or departure, when moving goods under Common Transit Convention has been updated, with a changed address for Sevington inland border facility for satellite navigation purposes. For details, click here.

Return your rejected exports from the EU: Guidance on the rules you must follow for returning rejected exports to Great Britain has been updated to include links to post Brexit transition guidance. For more information, click here.


Business matters

EU business: data protection and copyright: Guidance on what EU businesses need to do with data protection, intellectual property and copyright in the UK, has been updated with the latest information on transferring personal data to the UK. For more information, click here.

Ecommerce directive: The eCommerce Directive no longer applies to the UK, now that the transition period is over. Rules relating to online activities in European Economic Area (EEA) countries, may newly apply to UK online service providers who operate in the EEA, now that the transition period is over. If you are a provider of online services, you should take steps in response to these changes. Guidance, outlining what has changed and what checks you need to make, has been issued. For more information, click here.


Government launches Brexit support helplines

Published 14th January

There are new rules for businesses doing business with the EU. To help you, a helpline has been set up. For English businesses, the Business Support Helpline can help you identify the actions you need to take. Similar helplines are available for Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

For more information for:

businesses in England, call 0800 998 1098
businesses in Scotland, call 0300 303 0660
businesses in Wales, call 0300 060 3000
businesses in Northern Ireland, call 0800 181 4422.

For more information, including opening hours, click here.

Further details on all above and other matters arising from Brexit are available here.


Trusted Trader Scheme grace period

Published 14th January

The European Union and the UK have agreed a trusted trader scheme that would mean exemptions from tariffs for up to 98% of goods flowing between Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 1 January.

The Scheme will benefit from a grace period until 1 April 2021 from official certification requirements on products of animal origin, composite products, food and feed of non animal origin and plants and plant products. 


Expedited Return Scheme

Published 14th January

  • A consultation has been launched on the amendment to the Kent traffic regulations
  1. Expedited Return Scheme (ERS)
  2. Prioritised Goods Scheme
  • The eligibility criteria in the consultation document currently states the scheme will be open to the major retailers that supply around 95% of the UK food market.
  • Permits will be allocated in proportion to the retailer's current market share of the UK food sector and will not exceed a total of 300 per day.


Brexit checker 

Published 4th January

Doing business with Europe has changed. You need to follow new rules on exports, imports, tariffs, data and hiring. New rules apply to things like travel and doing business with Europe. Use the Brexit checker to get a personalised list of actions for you, your business and your family.

Brexit checker: start now


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