EU Exit Updates

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As your trade organisation we have consulted third parties to create a report on how the Trade and Cooperation Agreement affects the ecommerce and multi-channel retailers when importing goods between UK and EU countries. 

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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.


Deadline approaching for new stricter EU product safety rules

Published 5th May 2021 

On July 16, 2021, a new EU Regulation on product safety (called the "Market Surveillance Regulation (EU) 2019/1020") is coming into effect. This new regulation adds the requirement for CE-marked products to have someone present in the European Union acting as the point of contact for product compliance (a "Responsible Person").

If you sell CE-marked products that are manufactured outside of the EU, you will need to ensure that such products have a Responsible Person in the EU prior to July 16, 2021. After July 16, 2021, it will be illegal to sell CE-marked products in the EU without an EU Responsible Person.

Prior to July 16, 2021, you will need to ensure that your CE-marked products are labelled with the contact information of the Responsible Person. This labelling can be done on the product, its packaging, the parcel, or an accompanying document.

The EU guidance states:

The name (or registered trade name/trademark) and contact details (including postal address) of the economic operator .. must be indicated on at least one of the following: the product; its packaging, i.e. the sales packaging; the parcel, i.e. packaging to facilitate handling and transport; an accompanying document, e.g. declaration of conformity.

Read more here.

Documents detailing how the UK is implementing these carried-over Regulations in GB and NI are available here.

The above is for direct to consumer sales only. Those that use an EU subsidiary, via an EU distribuor or via dealers in the EU, or similar, those companies will already be taking on the importer role and so no additional authorised representative should be needed.


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