Brexit Update

UK SPS CONTROLS ON EU IMPORTS

Our next BREXIT BRIEFING SESSION will be this Friday 26th February at 10am – we will focus on preparedness for changes to UK border enforcement rules – on the 1st April and 1st July.  REGISTER FOR THE SESSION HERE  

In the meantime there are government run seminars on this topic this week and into March:

NORTHERN IRELAND

The rules have now changed on what your customers must do to legally import chilled meats (and other EU Prohibited and Restricted Goods) came into effect this morning. The details of what has changed can be read here https://www.nibusinessinfo.co.uk/content/importing-prohibited-and-restricted-chilled-meat-products-ni-gb

Also Government is seeking support from traders and logistics companies that trade between GB and NI for its workshops on building a new ‘Digital Assistance Scheme’ – this is the initiative that government hopes can provide solutions to the border friction between GB and NI – it has significant funding – details of the workshops and project are in the attached document.

If you are interested and can commit someone to the project then let me know and we will put you forward.

CHANGE TO COVID TEST RULES – ENTERING FRANCE FROM TODAY

Proof of a negative test is stil required for all drivers entering France from the UK BUT 2 changes:

  • Drivers on a return trip from the EU who spend less than 48 hours in the UK will not require proof of a negative COVID test to cross the border
  • Drivers from the Republic of Ireland using the land bridge can also now rely on a test taken in Ireland, as long as it is administered within 72 hours of departure from a UK port

To enable them to make use of the first exemption, cross-Channel operators will be ensuring hauliers are provided with evidence of the time of their journey to the UK. The precise arrangements will vary between operators and drivers should contact their operator direct if they require more details.

For UK hauliers or those spending more than 48 hours in the UK, the testing requirements are unchanged. Free testing remains available at the Information and Advice sites, which you can find here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/haulier-advice-site-locations

As always, if you have any questions please get in touch.

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