Update from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy – Automotive Unit

Please find below updates relating to the Government’s preparations for leaving the EU and other key information. IAAF members are encouraged to share this information widely across their supply chains.

1. Contact the Brexit imports and exports helpline

A new trader helpline was launched recently. The number to call is 0300 3301 331. Call the helpline to find out about:
• customs declarations and procedures
• duties and tariffs
• importing and exporting different goods
• transporting goods to and from the EU
• product safety regulations

2. Automotive sector events

Government is offering funding and support for supply chain workshops for companies wanting to ensure their supply chain is ready for Brexit. Companies would be expected to manage the invites, provide the venue and arrange refreshments, whilst BEIS can offer a speaker (usually a member of the sector team). BEIS will reimburse companies for the cost of running the event: logistics, venue hire, printing and refreshments.

We are currently looking for companies to host automotive sector events. If interested, please contact the automotive unit ([email protected]) and a member of the team will be in touch with more details.

3. Trading with the UK as an EU business after Brexit

The government has released a series of guidelines for EU business trading with the UK after Brexit. If you’re an EU business not established in the UK, guidance is available for what you’ll need to do differently to trade with the UK in a no-deal Brexit, covering goods, VAT, services, data and employment.

The guidance can be accessed here.

4. Transporting goods into the EU after Brexit – full guidance for Hauliers and commercial drivers

The government has released a summary of the driver, vehicle, cargo and customs documents required to transport goods into the EU after Brexit. If you are transporting goods between the UK and the EU, you will need to make sure to have the right documentation. The list of documents required is available here.

5. Apply for grants if your business completes customs declarations

You can apply for two grants to help your business complete customs declarations, in preparation for the UK leaving the EU. Funding is available for:
• training that helps your business to complete customs declarations and processes.
• IT improvements to help your business complete customs declarations more efficiently

Please use this link if you would like more details about the funding available and whether you are eligible to apply.

6. How to move goods through RORO locations in a no deal Brexit: EU to UK and UK to EU

A process flow and a summary of actions to take for freight roll-on, roll-off (RORO) imports and exports between the UK and the EU for a no-deal Brexit (excluding Northern Ireland) can be accessed here.

7. HMRC Border Delivery Group seminars for EU-based businesses

If you are an EU based business trading goods to or via the UK, please sign up to a webinar led by the UK Government Border Delivery Group to receive guidance and information on the steps you may need to take before 31 October. Presentations will include information on border preparedness, customs procedures at the border, relevant sector-specific content and a Q&A session. Automotive webinars will be held every Friday at 8 am until 21 October, and each webinar will last for 90 minutes. Registered participants will have the opportunity to submit questions to the BDG in advance of the webinars.

How to register for the webinars: The below link will take you to an Eventbrite page, displaying the upcoming webinars with dates and times. Please choose the webinar you find most appropriate and register to confirm your attendance. Dates for further weeks will be released in due course. To book a webinar please visit borderdeliverygroup.eventbrite.com

8. Call for evidence – The Migration Advisory Committee

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) have now published their call for evidence for the salary threshold and points-based system (PBS) commission. Your response will be used to determine a potential future salary threshold and the range at which they could be set. The call for evidence will close on 5 November 2019, and the MAC are expected to report their findings in January 2020.

Please submit a response. Full details are available here.

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