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Industry Focus

Advanced Manufacturing is a dynamic, globalised, sector which is constantly evolving. Much of that evolution is as a consequence of technological change which is happening at a faster rate than ever before. Manufacturing Technology that change right across sectors and in companies of all sizes. The MTA exists to help its members transform the manufacturing world.

You can offer work to people arriving from Ukraine if you’re an employer.

This includes:

full-time jobs part-time jobs voluntary work

Employers must check a job applicant’s right to work.

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Jack Semple, Secretary of EAMA (the Engineering and Machinery Alliance, of which MTA is a member) has prepared a summary of the Chancellor’s Spring Statement and you can download this below.

He takes a look at the context of the statement - very much not a “Budget” as the Chancellor is very keen to get back to only one of these each year in the Autumn – as well as the various measures that were announced.

HMRC has announced that it is starting the phasing in of the new Customs Declaration Service, which will replace the 30-year-old CHIEF system.  CHIEF will close for import declarations on September 30th and for export declarations in March 2023.

An inaugural National Manufacturing Day (NMD) will take place on Thursday 7 July 2022.  The initiative is being led by Make UK, and is encouraging manufacturers open your doors to local communities, and media, giving people the chance to see manufacturing and to think about future careers.

There are a number of ways that companies can get involved:


 Deloitte’s new customs declarations software – CustomsClear – is now live and ready for exports.

 CustomsClear helps you quickly submit your EU export customs declarations directly to HMRC, with no customs expertise or set-up costs required. If your company is looking to reduce costs, simplify processes and avoid delays this platform may be for you.

At the Institute of Export and International Trade, it is our mission to empower our members to trade effectively, sustainably and competitively. That’s why we’re proud to be offering you access to our International Trade Accelerator Voucher worth a huge £1100.

The Export Control Joint Unit (ECJU) administers the UK’s system of export controls and licensing for military and dual-use items.

ECJU is reviewing and updating its operational processes so that it provides a more efficient, professional and customer focused export control service.

If you are an exporter who has applied for an export licence from ECJU we would welcome your views to help shape our thinking.

Our survey has been set up to get feedback on:

New sanctions on Russia and Belarus

People requiring a visa to come to the UK for business should apply early, due to delays at the UK Visas and Immigration (an executive agency of the Home Office).

UKVI says it is prioritising applications under the Ukraine Family Scheme.  Applications for study, work and family visas may take longer to process as a result, it says.  ‘Priority’ and ‘super priority’ visa services have been suspended “temporarily”.


Coronavirus restrictions are expected to be largely withdrawn across all countries of the UK by the end of March, although it’s possible that self-isolation requirements and free testing will remain for a little longer in some countries.