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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.


UK exports to EU rebound partially after January's slump 

Published 14th April 2021   

Trade between the UK and EU partially recovered in February, after a steep drop in January following Brexit.

Official figures show exports to the EU jumped by 46.6%, £3.7bn, to £11.6bn, following January's 42% slump when firms struggled with new trade rules.

However, the Office for National Statistics said exports were still below last year's levels and imports from the EU had seen a weaker recovery.

Other figures from the ONS showed the UK economy grew by 0.4% in February.

The UK's statistics body said the economy was still 7.8% smaller than a year earlier, before the impact of the pandemic.

Last month's trade figures were the first since new trading rules came into force as a result of Brexit trade rule changes.

Both the ONS and business analysts said the drop in trade flows was partly caused by stockpiling in December 2020, as businesses tried to get ahead of the introduction of the new rules, depressing trade in January.

In addition, the end of the temporary trading arrangement between the UK and the EU coincided with the discovery of a new strain of Covid-19 in the UK, which caused further complications and delays, after lorry drivers were required to take tests before crossing the border at the English Channel.


UK delivers NI Protocol 'road map' to the EU 

Published 14th April 2021   

The UK has delivered its "road map" for implementing the Northern Ireland Protocol to the EU.

Lord Frost, the UK's lead Brexit Minister, and EU Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič spoke on Wednesday.

The protocol is the part of the Brexit withdrawal deal that created the Irish Sea border. Earlier this month, the UK government changed how the protocol was being implemented without EU agreement. It delayed the introduction of new sea border checks on food, parcels and pets. It also moved unilaterally to ease the trade in horticultural products across from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.

The EU has begun legal action as a consequence.


Moving goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Published 7th April 2021   

The Government has updated some of its guidance with regards to how business trade in post-Brexit Britain.

They include details on businesses which move goods Great Britain to Northern Ireland.

Businesses are required to complete the following five actions:

For more information, click here.

For the updated explainer video on moving goods into, out of or through Northern Ireland, click here.

For a list of helpful videos about the Trader Support Service, click here.

EU Exit Updates - March 2021

EU Exit Updates - February 2021

EU Exit Updates - January 2021

EU Exit Updates - December

EU Exit Updates - November

EU Exit Updates - September/ October