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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.

The Business department (BEIS) have produced a series of sector specific webinars which can be watched on demand.  The two likely to be of most relevance to MTA members cover Electronics & Machinery which is available at with the webinar for Services and Investment at

Most of the changes to the Border Operating Model relate to the freight industry but we would advise members to check with their shipping companies if there is anything they need you to do to avoid disruption in the early part of 2021 when the new procedures are introduced.  One thing that has been announced is that that passports will be required for entry into the UK from October 2021 as the Government phases out the use of EU, EEA and Swiss national identity cards as a valid travel document for entry to the UK.

One important new piece of information is around dual-use goods and this will apply if you are shipping items to the European Union including, of course, Ireland.  It is important that all businesses check if you will need to register for the Open General Export Licence (OGEL), for export of dual-use items to EU member states from 1st January 2021.  A full listing of sectors covered, and how to register for the licence with the Export Control Joint Unit is available at  The main link on this page then takes you to the detailed guidance which applies to some types of machine tools and then there are further links to take you through the process.