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One of the key issues arising from the UK-EU trade deal - more correctly known as the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) - is around Rules of Origin.  Businesses who wish to access the preferential tariff treatment negotiated under the TCA must comply with the regulations on rules of origin.

At the end of last week, the UK government published a command paper, setting out the details of an agreement in principle, on the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol between Great Britain and the EU.  The paper outlines the way in which the agreement meets the three commitments to the people of Northern Ireland, as the protocol takes effect – this includes:

Personal data is any information that can be used to identify a person, including names, delivery details, IP addresses, or HR data such as payroll details.  Most organisations use personal data in their daily operations.  An example of this is a UK company that receives customer information from an EU company, such as names and addresses, to provide goods or services.

Following the notice of the links to relevant standards for use with the UKCA last week – see - we have updated our guide to using the UKCA and CE Marks when the transition period ends.  The only change from the 3rd edition is an update to question 5.2 – hopefully this saves you from re-reading the whole document, althou

The Department for International Trade (DIT) has issued a reminder of various links relating to the UK’s transition period to the culmination of the Brexit process.  The UK Government’s main link for information on the EU Transition period is at

Following the publication of the 3rd edition of the MTA UKCA/CE Marking guide last week – see - the UK Government has begun the process of publishing the UK’s lists of Designated standards.

Following the success of the MTA webinar on Thursday – you can download the slides from this webinar below – we would like to draw your attention to another webinar being organised by the Institute of Export & International Trade on the topic of VAT implications to UK exporters in 2021.  This will be held on Tuesday 15th December, from 3:00pm to 4:00pm, although if you aren’t able to attend at this time, you can register your place and they will send you a recording of the webi

As it seems likely/probable/possible (delete as appropriate depending on which Government minister you last heard speaking) that there will not be a trade deal with the EU, you can find out the likely tariffs that will apply to your products both for imports to the UK and exports to the EU at

Guidance has been issued covering what taxes and tariffs EU businesses might need to pay when trading with the UK from 1ST January 2021.  This includes rules on paying VAT on goods sent in parcels worth £135 or less to UK buyers – this might affect some small shipments of tooling from EU companies to UK customers.

The way that opportunities to supply the UK public sector are advertised is about to change.  From 23:00 on 31st December 2020, the UK government will publish information on public sector contract opportunities in the UK, on the new Find a Tender Service (FTS) - this will be available at (it is not available until the transition period has ended).