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EU Exit Updates

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Full report now available: Brexit Analysis and Implications on the Cycle Trade 

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 either importing bikes (conventional or e-bikes) as well as parts and accessories between UK and EU countries. 

The report is available to all ACT members, this means a silver membership and above. To view the full report please login to your ACT 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, membership starts from as low as £60 per year (the equivalent of £5 p.m.) and offers countless benefits. Find out more here.

 

The ACT 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. The ACT have been working with partner members of the Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC) to bring you the most up to date retail focussed advice.

 


Webinars and Podcasts

Published 24th February 2021

All webinars and videos for organisations that trade with the EU can be found here. This includes the following:

  • NEW: Exporting: What you need to do to keep your goods moving: A new YouTube video from HMRC is now available to watch on-demand. To view this, click here.
  • Video content to keep your business moving: short on-demand videos covering the new rules on exports, imports, tariffs, data and hiring.
  • Customs Import Declarations: Register here to take part if you're planning to import or export. This webinar takes place on February 23 (11.45am), and again on March 4 (11.45am).
  • Importing: What you need to know about Staged Controls: This webinar takes you through the three stages of the new border controls introduced on ‌January 1,‌‌ ‌2021, and what actions you need to take for each stage. Register here to take part if you're planning to import.
  • Exporting: what you need to do to keep your goods moving: An overview of the actions you need to take now before you export goods from Great Britain to the EU and move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Register here. Register here to take part if you're planning to export. This webinar runs on February 26 (1.45pm), and again on March 2 (1.45pm).

 


Draft data adequacy decisions pave the way for continued free flow of data between the EU and the UK

Published 22nd February 2021

The UK government has welcomed the European Commission's draft data adequacy decision which recognises the UK's high data protections standards and set out that the UK's standards are ‘adequate'.

Positive data adequacy decisions under both the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Law Enforcement Directive (LED) would allow for personal data to continue to flow freely from the European Union (EU) and wider European Economic Area (EEA) to the UK.

The UK now urges the EU to fulfil its declared commitment to complete the technical approval process swiftly, so that we have final data adequacy decisions as soon as possible. This will provide certainty for businesses. The ‘bridging mechanism' will remain in place until June 30 or until the adequacy decisions come into effect, whichever is sooner.
 


Moving Goods

Published 22nd February 2021

UPDATED: The Goods Vehicle Movement Service: The Goods Vehicle Movement Service is for traders, hauliers and carriers who use a UK Port.

  • Guidance for hauliers has been updated here.
  • Guidance on registering for the Goods Vehicle Movement Service has been updated with new information about who should register for the service. For more information, click here.
  • Get a goods movement reference: Information about what you need to do to get a goods movement reference has been updated. For more information, click here.
  • Check if a goods movement reference is valid: Information about hauliers moving goods from the EU to GB has been updated. For more information, click here.

UPDATED: European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT) international road haulage permits: Guidance on permits to travel to or through ECMT member countries has been updated. Information about applying for short-term permits has been updated, you can now apply for there for the rest of 2021. For more information, click here .

UPDATED: HMRC newsletter to help traders avoid some problems they may encounter when moving goods under transit: The most recent HMRC newsletter, has been updated with information on ‘French ports with the ‘smart border' system'. For more information, and to view recent editions of the newsletter, click here.

UPDATED: List of customs agents and fast parcel operators: The list of agents and operators who can help submit customs declarations has been updated. For more information, click here.
 

 


NEW £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund  

Published 15th February 2021

The new £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund offers support to help small businesses adjust to new customs procedures, rules of origin, and VAT rules when trading with the EU.

SMEs who trade only with the EU, and are therefore new to importing and exporting processes, can apply for grants of up to £2,000, to pay for practical support including training and professional advice to ensure they can continue trading effectively with the EU.

You can use the grant for training on:

  • how to complete customs declarations
  • how to manage customs processes and use customs software and systems specific import and export related
  • aspects including VAT, excise and rules of origin

It can be used to help you get professional advice so your business can meet its customs, excise, import VAT or safety and security declaration requirements.

Your business may be eligible if you have up to 500 employees, and no more than £100 million annual turnover.

Applications for the SME Brexit Support Fund will open soon. For more information on how you can use the grant, who can apply and how to apply, click here.

 


Importing and Exporting

Published 15th February 2021

NEW: Step-by-Step guides to importing and exporting goods between Great Britain and the EU: There are new rules for importing and exporting goods between Great Britain and countries in the EU. Whether you're completing customs declarations yourself or have an intermediary to do it for you, these guides will take you through each step and set out your options.

NEW: DEFRA's Trader showcase sites for the latest information on exporting and moving goods from GB to the EU and NI: DEFRA's Showcase sites are a one-stop-shop of useful information and documents for traders who export live animals or animal products.

UPDATED: Importing from and re-exporting union goods to the EU Resources such as trader support packs and flowcharts, have been updated to include a new ‘Importing and re-exporting union goods to the EU - Flowchart'. For more information, click here.

UPDATED: Report goods arriving at a UK port on a commercial vessel: Guidance for the ship's master or ship's agent of commercial vessels on reporting goods arriving in at a UK port, has been updated with information about ‘an account of stores held on board'. For more information, click here.

UPDATED: List of customs agents and fast parcel operators: The list of agents and operators who can help submit customs declarations has been updated. For more information, click here.
 



Tariffs: Developing the UK's duty suspension application process 

Published 10th February 2021

UK government are seeking views on the process for how businesses can make an application for tariff duty suspensions. These suspensions will apply to goods imported into the UK. To give your opinion in the open consultation click here.

They particularly want to know about:

  • the EU suspension application process
  • how the UK's independent suspension application process should look
  • the timescales for application window cycles, including processing, objecting to and implementing suspension applications
  • any other relevant feedback

Tariff suspensions  

The UK's temporary duty tariff suspensions and quotas regime allows the duty-free importation into the UK of certain goods used in domestic production. Tariff suspensions allow unlimited quantities to be imported into the UK, whereas Autonomous Tariff Quotas (ATQs) allow limited quantities to be imported.

For 2021, a number of EU existing measures have been retained, although they will be subject to internal review in 2021 to determine whether they are working for the UK domestic economy.

There are certain parts which we believe the duty tariff suspension would apply to. This includes some products originating from China - forks, derailleurs, frames and handlebars, as well as some products from any country - pedals, seat posts and stems.

The EU currently have an "application process" twice a year, whereby new products can be added to this list. It is likely that the UK may also implement a similar procedure.

 


Government Launches State Aid Consultation

Published 5th February 2021

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has launched a new consultation on the new state aid regime following the end of the transition period. State aid rules determine the permitted financial assistance which can be given by the Government to businesses. They intend to prevent the potential to distort markets and competition. Business rates reliefs are applicable to existing state aid rules and limitations.

BEIS: Business Secretary sets out new subsidies system that works for the UK
 


EU Exit updates for e-bikes

Published 4th February 2021

See the new ACT section for all relevant EU Exit updates, advice and resources relevant to e-bikes.

Click here to access.

 


Brexit: new rules are here

Published 2nd February 2021

The Government's Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has created 18 video explainers.

Register by clicking here and access videos on the following topics:

  • Businesses who import and export
  • Businesses and Trade Agreements
  • Placing and selling goods on the market
  • Businesses hiring overseas staff
  • Moving goods into, out of, or through Northern Ireland
  • Businesses operating online
  • Trade tariffs
  • Rules of Origin
  • Recognition of professional qualifications
  • Businesses working with Intellectual Property
  • REACH chemical Regulations
  • Businesses shipping waste between GB and EU
  • Businesses providing services to EU markets
  • Businesses involved in the Horizon 2020 Funding Service
  • Businesses preparing and auditing financial accounts
  • Businesses engaged in emissions trading
  • Chemical regulations
  • Businesses involved with data

 


Webinars and videos for organisations that trade with the EU

Published 2nd February 2021
 
Follow the links below to sign up for webinars and to watch videos about trading with the EU.
 
There are webinars and/or videos for each of the following topics:

  1. Importing and exporting goods
  2. Trading with the EU
  3. Webinars for moving goods between Northern Ireland and Great Britain
  4. Webinars for businesses in Scotland
  5. Webinars for businesses in Wales
  6. Cross-border trade forum
 

1. Importing and exporting goods

Importing goods:
 
Exporting goods:
 



 

 

Exporting goods from GB to the EU via the Short Straits

 

2. Trading with the EU

 

Moving goods via ports in the Netherlands and Belgium

 

 

3. Webinars for moving goods between Northern Ireland and Great Britain

 

 

 

4. Webinars for businesses in Scotland

You can access these business-readiness webinars for Scotland on demand:


5. Webinars for businesses in Wales

 

6. Cross-border trade forum

To ask specific questions about your industry, visit the cross-border trade forum.

 

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