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The ability for UK business visitors to travel to the EU on work-related matters has changed. 
With the end of freedom of movement business travel between the EU and the UK will no longer be as easy as it once was.

Last week there was a meeting of the MTA International Trade Committee. The committee is made up of MTA Members, chaired by Dave Burley of NCMT, and meets on an ad hoc basis to cover all aspects of international trade. 

The European Union (EU) has formally recognised the UK’s high data protection standards after more than a year of constructive talks 

As an importer you would have responsibility for ensuring goods have been correctly marked and Declarations of Conformity (DoCs) are in place, holding records and dealing with GB market enforcement bodies if required, in respect of UKCA and related issues.  Northern Ireland would be a different matter.  Your German supplier, or another representative based in the EU or the...

Rules of origin are the criteria needed to determine the national source of a product. Their importance is derived from the fact that duties and restrictions in several cases depend upon the source of imports. There is wide variation in the practice of governments with regard to the rules of origin and since the UK’s departure from the EU, the whole subject has become a serious headache for many BFPA members and indeed their trading partners.

The UK has announced agreement with Australia on a new trade deal, with details to follow.

UK Brexit minister Lord Frost has written that the government “underestimated the effect of the [Northern Ireland] protocol on goods movements to Northern Ireland [from Great Britain]”. 

Businesses importing goods from the EU need to prepare to complete customs declarations over the next few weeks.  

Traders bringing goods into Great Britain from the EU since the start of 2021 have been able to delay completing declarations for their import by 175 days from the date of their goods movement.  

We have had a number of queries raised regarding the procedures when carrying laptops or other valuable items overseas. As pointed out the personal allowance for declarations is very low at £390 and can easily be exceeded by carrying an expensive work laptop and phone into the EU.

We have been asked by our contacts at BEIS if we can provide feedback on the impact on business movements from the post-Brexit arrangements.  Of course, COVID will have restricted movements, especially for general business activity (as opposed to visits for activities such as installation and maintenance), so it will be difficult to disentangle the impact of these two events.  However, the request is, in part at least, about the “normal” patterns of movement, so hopefully some input will be...