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With less than 50 days to go until the end of the UK’s transition period, the UK government has produced two new webinars to help businesses prepare for the new regime.

Through the MTA’s membership of the Institute of Export & International Trade (IOE&IT), this is to inform Members about HM Government’s Trader Support Service (TSS), especially for those Members that move goods from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.  The IOE&IT is part of the Consortium delivering the TSS as a free-to-use service for traders and intermediaries (carriers and customs brokers).

We have updated our guide to the use of UKCA and CE marks from 1st January 2021 when the UK’s transition period has ended.  While we have re-ordered some of the advice, the main change is an update of the FAQ section to cover the actions needed by importers of goods from either the EU or from 3rd countries such as Japan or the USA.

Further to the item in last week’s Friday Brief about the new immigration rules, we have received a set of slides from a recent webinar given by the Home Office on this subject.  These set out the way that the scheme will operate for skilled workers, for the health & care system, for students and how you can employ someone as a “sponsor”.

Over the past week, there have been a number of other updates and reminders about various issues around Brexit.  Those which look to be most relevant to MTA members include:

Last week, legislation was laid in Parliament which sets out a number of changes to the Immigration Rules.  The policy paper behind this can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/statement-of-changes-to-the-immigration-rules-hc-813-22-october-2020.

In response to some questions that have been raised recently, BEIS have provided some responses around the general topics of sending goods to the UK and providing services, including those linked to supplying capital goods, to EU and EFTA countries after the end of the transition period.

We have prepared a short guide to the requirements around using the UKCA mark and the overlap in the UK with the CE mark.  This is available to download below.

Also this week, we have some new links (and some recycled ones) from the Government around the Border Operating Model – how the border will work and the requirements for companies in terms of documentation that will be required.

Earlier this week, the CBI hosted webinar discussion on the current state of preparations for the end of the UK’s transition period following our departure from the European Union earlier this year.  You can view this webinar (43 minutes) at https://www.cbi.org.uk/articles/cbi-10am-preparing-for-the-end-of-the-euuk-transition/ but the following is a quick read summary of the main points.

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