As part of exiting the EU and the subsequent Trade and Co-operation Agreement (TCA), the Government had intended to phase in checks on imported goods from April and July of 2021. This timeline has now been extended in light of insufficient border infrastructure in place, and lack of preparedness for food sectors in exporting from GB to NI.
Yesterday, the Trade and Agriculture Commission (TAC) released its final report. The TAC was set up last summer by the Government following a sustained campaign to have a body established to oversee post-Brexit trade in agricultural goods and associated standards.
This week, Defra are running a series of sector-specific webinars on Rules of Origin in relation to EU trade. There is also a session on Tuesday 2 nd March specifically focussing on at risk goods and the UK trader scheme, for trade with Northern Ireland (bottom of list).
Following on from this morning's AIC webinar on the UK-EU deal, you can find a recording of the webinar by cliking this link: | https://zoom.us/rec/share/TnnJ_38DLukDXBJ3jcVhTa_4tUcdsWePO82M_4LXUXwWjkA2MI5Pljdgdlhx5YGb.Ztm4GPQAahI4PNLQ?startTime=1609928293000
As members may be aware on 24th December, the UK and EU finally announced a deal had been reached between both parties. The AIC Member Briefing can be found here: https://www.agindustries.org.uk/resource/uk-eu-future-relationship-deal.html AIC are hosting a 45 min webinar on 6th January at 10.30am and will provide members with a brief overview of the deal agreed, and the key headlines to take away.
Following on from the UK-Canada Trade Continuity Agreement (TCA) ( member briefing here ) signed earlier in this month, AIC has been informed that the TCA will not enter into force on 1 st January 2021 as expected.
As members may be aware on 24 th December, the UK and EU finally announced a deal had been reached between both parties. The full text can be found here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/948119/EU-UK_Trade_and_Cooperation_Agreement_24.12.2020.pdf
The Trade and Agriculture Commission has invited the AIC to submit its views to help shape its report on the UK’s future trade policies. We are aware that a number of AIC member businesses have also been approached to provide evidence, and we would encourage those members to also respond.