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Brexit advice for businesses

The government has launched a business readiness website to help people understand how leaving the EU may affect your business. For the latest Brexit business advice visit the government website: https://www.gov.uk/brexit#business.

It outlines the steps that businesses may need to take to prepare for Brexit, including what changes there may be to your industry and information on specific rules and regulations that could have an impact.

Businesses who travel and trade within the European Union are being urged to act now to ensure appropriate preparations are in place for possible changes to border control and customs arrangements at the UK ports when the UK leaves the EU, to help minimise potential disruption.”

General business continuity advice 

Even if your organisation does not travel or trade directly within the European Union, it is recommended that you update your business continuity plan and run through business continuity processes in the run-up to Brexit. Considerations should focus on the likely prolonged disruption and potential congestion that could result from Britain leaving the EU with no deal, as well as looking at potential impacts on the goods or services you supply or use as part of your business.

  • Check your business continuity plans to mitigate possible disruption.

  • Consider any risks to your supply chains

  • Consider any changes to tariffs and arrangements for export and imports of goods and service

  • Make contingency plans for keeping your business operating.

View this video with local business MEP Limited on Kent County Council’s Brexit advice for businesses page here: https://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council/britain-leaving-the-european-union/brexit-advice-for-businesses.

Further advice for businesses

The Federation of Small Businesses has developed a Small Business Brexit Pack

Brexit readiness events 

Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce is running free business clinics to help ensure your business is Brexit ready. 

For further information and to register visit their website: https://www.kentinvictachamber.co.uk/brexit-ready-kent/

The Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce has also produced this video newsletter:  https://youtu.be/WW7WdcIfbjE

National Brexit business readiness events

As part of the national ‘Get ready for Brexit’ campaign, Brexit business readiness events are taking place across the county. Venue locations and further details can be accessed here: https://registration.livegroup.co.uk/BrexitBusinessReadinessEvents

EU Exit Import and Export Trader Helpline

HMRC has launched the EU Exit Import and Export Trader Helpline for traders and hauliers importing from/exporting to the EU after Brexit. The helpline number is 0300 3301 331 and lines are open 08:00 - 18:00 Monday to Friday.

Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) 

HMRC is stepping up efforts to ensure businesses are ready to trade post-Brexit by automatically enrolling companies in an important customs system and doubling the numbers registered.

More than 88,000 VAT registered companies across the UK will be allocated an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number in the next two weeks in order to keep trading with customers and suppliers in the EU after the UK has left: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/chancellor-accelerates-brexit-preparations-for-businesses

Regulatory requirements relating to manufactured goods if the UK leaves the EU without a deal

Government has revised its guidance on Gov.uk on how businesses need to prepare for new regulatory requirements relating to manufactured goods if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. The guidance which has been updated covers: placing goods on the UK market, placing goods on the EU market, using the UKCA marking, and the status of conformity assessment bodies.  

The requirements for businesses have not changed, however the guidance has been revised to provide more clarity on the action businesses may need to take. Businesses with further queries can contact the team at goodsregulation@beis.gov.uk.  

Guidance from French customs authorities for UK businesses in the event of a no deal EU Exit

French customs authorities have published guidance for UK businesses in the event of a no deal EU Exit.

If the UK leaves the EU with no deal Brexit customs formalities and controls at the border between France and the UK will be reinstated for goods.

Any exchange of goods between France and the UK, both for imports and exports, will be subjected to two customs declarations, one to British Customs and one to French Customs.

Two pieces of guidance from the French Customs and Excise helps UK businesses to prepare for the new arrangements:

  • Anticipate your customs declarations for a hassle-free crossing

  • Preparing for Brexit: French customs guidelines

Go to GOV.UK to access the guidance and for more information.

British International Freight Association - information on exiting the European Union: https://www.bifa.org/information/exiting-the-european-union

 

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