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HMRC has given guidance regarding taking tools and supplies to Northern Ireland, for example in a service van. This is set out verbatim:

Regarding taking tools and supplies to Northern Ireland.

Declarations will be required for movements from GB-NI;

· Traders can submit a full-customs declaration into the Customs Declaration Service (CDS) either themselves or through a customs agent, or alternatively

In a new twist to the Northern Ireland Brexit crisis, the European Commission has attacked the UK government this week (3rd March), saying new, unilateral decisions violate the NI Protocol and the good faith obligation under the Withdrawal Agreement.

High Value Trader Support for New Border Processes: The Field Force Support Programme

The Field Force Support Programme is offered by the Cabinet Office to support businesses that trade over £250,000 of goods with the EU each year.

The support available ranges from invitations to specialist events, 1-to-1 query resolution, more access to business case studies and sector-specific guidance from policy experts.

EAMA, the Engineering and Machinery Alliance of which MTA is a member, has been approached by the Department for International Trade (DIT) to provide information on the impact of foreign subsidies on UK industry.

The trade and co-operation agreement (TCA), announced on Christmas Eve, has been widely but welcomed by business organisations, not least by EAMA, as better than no agreement at all.  Business remains uneasy about what it can discern, for now and for the future.

There are a number of updates from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy this week including some useful step by step guides to importing and exporting goods between Great Britain and the EU. There are also updates to importing from, and re-exporting union goods to, the EU and the list of customs agents and fast parcel operators.

The government has published details on how to apply for funding under the new, £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund.  It will be open to firms with up to 500 employees and £100 million turnover, which trade internationally only with the EU.

As part of the Department for International Trade’s Exporting is Great webinar series, they are running two free sector specific webinars. The events are being run by the Midland Engine region and so will have a focus for companies in that area. These events taking place this month 1.5 hours each and will feature a number of speakers to answer any questions you may have.

Both the MTA and the Engineering and Machinery Alliance (EAMA) have received several enquiries regarding engineers taking parts with them to Europe in service vans. The HMRC answer to this question can be found here, stating that a full Customs declaration is likely to required (unless the goods are below a £1,500 threshold)

BEIS and HRMC have release updated guidance this week on a number of topics. The highlights include: