EU Exit Updates

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Full report now available: Brexit Analysis and Implications for Specialist Retailers

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. 

The report is available to all paying ActSmart subsribers, this means a silver subscription and above. To view the full report please login to your ActSmart account and then click the link at the bottom of this page

If you are not a member and would like to view the report, subscriptions start from as low as £60 per year (the equivalent of £5 p.m.) and offers countless benefits. Find out more here.

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.


Post Brexit Legislative Opportunities 

Published 23rd September 2021

The Government has unveiled new plans to "capitalise on the freedoms from Brexit". A full list of the regulatory reforms being considered is available here. This includes a proposal to review EU restrictions on selling in pounds and ounces, the government plans to introduce legislation to give businesses the option to use imperial units. ACS will monitor future reviews of regulation and update our Fair Trading assured advice guide and other guidance documents accordingly. 

Cabinet Office: Government launches plans to capitalise on new Brexit freedoms 


Sign up for the UKCA marking webinar

Published 6th July 2021

Now we've left the EU, our new domestic goods regulation regime is in place. If you previously used the CE marking to sell certain products in Great Britain, you need to take action before 1 January 2022. The new rules include important changes to the way these products need to be labelled.

You should check what you need to do on the ‘Using the UKCA marking' guidance page at the earliest opportunity.

At the beginning of this year, we introduced the UKCA marking for selling goods in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales). There are now only six months to go until you must use the UKCA marking for most goods being sold in Great Britain that currently use the CE marking. For your products to continue being sold in Great Britain from 1 January 2022, it is essential you make sure your products comply with the UKCA marking as soon as possible.

If your business manufactures, imports or distributes goods which require testing by a conformity assessment body, start the testing process early to ensure you will be ready on time.

Special rules apply for medical devices, rail interoperability constituents, marine equipment and other goods. These are set out on the ‘Placing manufactured goods on the market' guidance page.

The CE marking continues to apply to goods sold in Northern Ireland. These may need to be accompanied by the new UKNI marking in certain circumstances.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will be running a webinar on 20 July to help you understand how to comply with the new goods regime, you can sign up now.


Changes to way goods are moved from NI to EU from today

Published 1st July 2021

From July 1, 2021, there will be changes in the respect of the movement of goods from Northern Ireland to the EU, and imports of low value goods into the EU or Northern Ireland.

The EU's e-commerce package will introduce the changes, which also includes new rules for supplies made through online marketplaces, similar to those already applying in Great Britain and partly in Northern Ireland.

The changes are part of the Brexit process which began on January 1, 2021, and will simplify current VAT registration requirements for selling into the EU, making it easier for businesses to grow, stay compliant and protect their bottom line.

If you sell low value goods in consignments not exceeding £135 in value into Northern Ireland and are registered for the VAT Import One Stop Shop (IOSS) in the EU, you must tell HMRC your IOSS registration number.

This means:

  • if you're UK VAT registered you can account for supply VAT on your eligible sales of low value goods into Northern Ireland on your IOSS return
  • you do not have to account for import VAT when the goods enter Northern Ireland

If you're registered for the Import One Stop Shop (IOSS) as an intermediary to represent businesses in the EU for IOSS, and the businesses you act on behalf of make supplies of low value goods, you must tell HMRC your IOSS registration number and the details of each business. You must complete a separate form for each business you represent.



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