Actions for UK importers and exporters to prepare for a No-Deal Brexit

If you are a UK business that imports and/or exports, you will need to act now to prepare for the changes that will affect your trading with Europe and the rest of the world.

Businesses are taking action and by following some simple steps, you can better prepare your business for Brexit.

You should check the latest guidance and steps to:

Further information and key actions for UK businesses in a no-deal Brexit:

Further information and key actions for UK importers of goods in a no-deal Brexit:

  • You may need to pay different rates of customs duty (tariffs) on imports. These temporary rates would only be in place for up to 12 months.
  • See what preferential trade arrangements are in place under the Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) to reduce or remove tariffs on your imports from certain developing countries.

The Government is holding events to help your business get ready for Brexit. Sign up to:

Sign up for alerts (regular Brexit updates) on subjects including the Article 50 process, trade negotiations, and announcements about changes to trading.

Get detailed information and tailored guidance on Brexit by answering a few questions at If you can’t find the answers to your questions contact the imports and exports helpline.

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Technology to dominate December’s IAAF Conference

The IAAF is to welcome a top list of industry speakers to its 2019 Annual Conference on 5 December, due to take place for the third year running at DoubleTree by Hilton, Milton Keynes, with technology the central theme.

The Conference, sponsored by automotive aftermarket specialist PR company Impression Communications, will be based this year on the theme of “How technology is transforming the automotive aftermarket”, which will aim to examine current issues from both the UK and Europe, highlighting the many changes that are taking place across the industry from a technical, legislative and market perspective.

The agenda will feature some of the industry’s leading names as they gather to share their views on some of these current and future technologies, alongside record breaker, entrepreneur and motivational speaker Richard Noble, OBE, founding Director of The Bloodhound Project and current holder of the World Land Speed Record set in 1983 with the Thrust2 programme.

Also among the list of speakers will be Andy Hamilton, CEO of Euro Car Parts, who will be championing the success of independent garages across the UK; Hayley Pells from Avia Autos, Winner of Garage of the Year 2019 will be in attendance, discussing how her garage business is facing today’s challenges; Thatcham research’s Head of Repair Sector Service, Dean Lander, will be addressing the challenges that are facing the industry with the growth in ADAS in vehicles, and Co-founder of’s Al Preston will talk to delegates on how the internet is transforming how customers are finding workshops in which to service and repair their vehicles.

There will also be the Conference’s regular update from the DfT on current legislative matters in the UK, along with an update from Neil Pattemore from FIGIEFA on the latest technological threats and challenges in the EU and how this will impact the aftermarket.

Once again, the federation will look to produce another engaging debate for its Conference guests, where IAAF’s Head of Membership Development, Mike Smallbone, will be facilitating the proceedings and welcoming around 150 attendees, most of whom will include parts suppliers, distributors, garages, as well as representatives from the industry and aftermarket trade press. The day’s proceedings will then draw to a close with new President of the IAAF, Terry Knox.

Wendy Williamson, IAAF chief executive said: “We’re delighted to already have secured our line-up for this year’s Conference, for what is anticipated to be a very popular one, particularly with the addition of Richard Noble to our roster. His life story is a tale of great struggles and success, and our members will no doubt be gripped by his extraordinary achievements as a pioneering explorer and set-up of the Bloodhound Project. We have a fantastic mix of talks lined up from some excellent speakers, and the audience will be treated to a thoroughly absorbing and enjoyable day.”

“The theme of this year’s Conference will provoke some serious and inspiring thought, the automotive industry has always embraced technological advances but the pace of change has accelerated rapidly over the last few years, thanks to 5G connectivity, the emergence of new lifestyle trends such as car sharing and how responsive transport is transforming our industry sector.”

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IAAF Annual Awards 2019 – Voting now open

The voting for this year’s IAAF Awards has now gone live.
The format for voting remains the same as for 2018 as the IAAF is keen to make the whole process much more accessible through a more streamlined system.  Suppliers can vote on distributors and distributors can vote for suppliers.  Both can vote for the new category of Service Supplier.  The voting system will be moderated but will be completely confidential.  Whilst you can vote for more than one company in each category at one time, it is not possible to submit multiple entries.
The winners in each category will be announced at the IAAF Awards Dinner on 5th December 2019 to be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Milton Keynes.  If you  have not already booked your places at the Dinner, or the Conference which will be held earlier in the day, you can download the booking form below.

Voting will remain open until Friday 1st November, so to ensure your vote is included, click on the links below to have your say:
It is also possible to access the voting via the IAAF website.

Fil Filter Europe joins IAAF

Fil Filter Europe is the latest automotive component supplier to join the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF).

The company is the sales and distribution arm of Fil Filter AS, which has been established for over 50 years and is a Tier 1 filtration manufacturer to the automotive, commercial vehicle, industrial and off-highway sectors.

The manufacturer and distributor is looking to establish greater links in the automotive trade and in joining IAAF, will take advantage of the many networking events featuring some of the biggest names in the sector.

Fil Filter specialises in the research, development and manufacture of more than 6000 part numbers of oil, air, fuel, cabin and hydraulic filters used in car, commercial, agricultural and industrial applications. Filters are manufactured in an 80,000 m2 production facility and are supplied as OE/OES to 40 vehicle and equipment manufacturers worldwide.

Sean Barnie, Sales & Marketing Manager, said: “The IAAF is at the forefront of new legislation affecting the distribution aftermarket and we are looking forward to playing an active role, supporting the Federation in conjunction with our own growth and development plans.”

Wendy Williamson, IAAF Chief Executive, said: “Fil Filter is aiming to establish itself as a well-known brand in the automotive aftermarket and it is therefore a credit to the work the Federation does – and strength of membership – that it has chosen to join IAAF as a platform for this growth.”

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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

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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Award winning innovation from Lawgistics

Lawgistics, the IAAF’s legal helpline provider, is proud to announce that HR Manager, their cloud-based compliance management software, has won Product Innovation of the Year Award at the Car Dealer Power Awards.

Joel Combes, Lawgistics’ Sales & Marketing Director, spent endless hours working late into the night on the project to ensure that it was just right, and Lawgistics are justifiably pleased and proud of both him and the product itself.

Lawgistics would like to thank everyone who voted for them and the kind words that were written by users of the software. If you are not already enjoying the benefits of HR Manager Lite, it is free to IAAF Members, so to find out more, or to start using the ‘award winning’ HR Manager, please contact Lawgistics.

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Milk & More partners with Elmtronics as entire fleet switches to EVs

Milk & More, the country’s largest grocery and milk doorstep delivery service, has partnered with Elmtronics, an independent supplier and installer of EV charging equipment, to supply 80 dual smart charging stations for its fleet of all-electric LDV EV80 vans.

According to Milk & More, its electric fleet will travel over 14 million miles a year, saving 3.4 million litres of diesel annually. Noise reduction is also a key customer benefit as many deliveries are early in the morning.

Large electric vehicle projects
Marc Ling, development manager at Milk & More, said: “We chose to work with Elmtronics as from the initial discussions there was a clear understanding from Elmtronics of the direction of the Milk & More business and our fleet strategy in terms of the large electric vehicle projects we are undertaking.

“Our Partnership is built on strong communication and a collaborative approach across all aspects with a very good face to face relationship with excellent support and advice throughout the process.”

Reducing emissions
Dan Martin, CEO at Elmtronics, said: “Working with Milk & More is such an exciting project for us. They are absolutely committed to reducing emissions where they can, and the electric fleet suits the needs of the customers and the business perfectly.

“The Dual Smart Charging Stations we have installed are 7kW Dual Eve units and the charging stations will all be connected to the Hubsta Network – an intelligent network that connects to over 55,000 charge points worldwide.”

In July this year Milk & More announced the expansion of its fleet of electric vehicles to more than 500, with the addition of 159 new LDV EV80 models.

Sustainable proposition
Speaking at the time, Andrew Kendall, deputy CEO for Milk & More, said: “We are proud to have one of the largest fleets of electric vehicles in the country. Our new LDV electric vehicles represent our commitment to transforming the great British milkman into a modern, convenient delivery service which has a sustainable, environmentally friendly proposition at its heart.”

The EV80 provides a 120-mile maximum range on a single charge and can be fully charged in less than 90 minutes.

Last year, Milk & More invested £6.5 million in 200 new StreetScooter electric vehicles.

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Schaeffler launches REPXPERT Academy LIVE training events

Schaeffler is launching a new training concept called REPXPERT Academy LIVE, a series of regional events taking place at venues around the UK, designed to help workshop technicians and owners improve their technical and business skills.

The first event will take place at Lincoln College on Saturday 16th November 2019. All attendees are welcome to attend from 9am, with group sessions starting at 10am until around 3pm. Complimentary lunch and refreshments are included.

REPXPERT Academy LIVE is the perfect platform for technicians and garage owners to enhance their knowledge of the latest products, tools, hints and tips from Schaeffler, including LuK clutch and transmission systems, INA engine parts, belt/chain drives and cooling systems, FAG wheel bearings, as well as new technologies, such as Schaeffler hybridisation and electrification systems.

Visitors will also have the chance to interact with specially-selected guest speakers at each event, including experts from the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), as well as tool and garage system suppliers.

Several instructional and interactive group sessions will be held in both workshop and lecture room environments, incorporating demonstrations, hands-on participation, theory and engagement – with each attendee having the opportunity to experience everything on offer during the day.

One of the sessions at the Lincoln event will be hosted by Schaeffler REPXPERT Brand Ambassador, Andy Savva (The Garage Inspector). Andy is a well-respected stalwart within automotive aftermarket circles, having run a portfolio of high-quality workshops for more than two decades and who now offers business advice in the form of courses aimed directly at industry professionals.

In addition to the training presentations, visitors will be able to compete in the INA Torque Challenge, a competition that proved to be a hit at the recent Automechanika Birmingham 2019 event. The challenge reinforces the message about the importance of using the correct tools and torque values while replacing belt system components.

Schaeffler Managing Director, Nigel Morgan, said: “I am delighted to reveal details of what will be a landmark achievement for Schaeffler. Everyone involved is keen to welcome technicians and garage owners for our first-ever REPXPERT Academy LIVE event, and we expect the classrooms to be full and our REPXPERTs busy talking to visitors about new vehicle and component technology, as well as the latest best practice hints, tips and techniques.

“To prove our commitment to this venture, we are thrilled to have committed to hosting four more events in 2020 – with dates and locations to be announced soon. We hope these events will attract and inspire all generations of technician working hard in workshops around the UK and Ireland.

“On behalf of Schaeffler, I look forward to welcoming everyone at Lincoln College on the 16th November.”

Schaeffler is also proud to announce that all REPXPERT Academy LIVE events have the full support of the IMI, with its members invited to sign-up and take advantage of a free full day training opportunity.

Nigel added: “To have the backing of the IMI adds extra gravitas to an event that is sure to inspire forward-thinking technicians.”

To book or find out more about Schaeffler REPXPERT Academy LIVE, including upcoming dates and venues as they become available, please visit

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The Wheel Specialist brings business to Burnley

The Wheel Specialist have taken on their very latest franchisees, Eddie & Caroline McVey, who will be opening the doors to their business in the next few months.

Following 8 years in the Royal Marine, Eddie moved into private security for 3 years before deciding to leave the water behind and locate permanently back into the UK. Caroline had been running a successful Private Hire business based in the Ribble Valley for 14 years and Eddie joined her in the business initially. They decided that they wanted to do something new that they could build together and started to look at new business opportunities a couple of years ago.

Eddie first experienced The Wheel Specialist when getting the wheels refurbished on his Monaro VXR. “I had a couple of small scuffs that I wanted to get sorted, but there was no one offering such a service in my area. Eventually I located The Wheel Specialist in Manchester. This was about 12 years ago.”

They wanted to find a business that excited them both. “We looked at all sorts of businesses”, commented Caroline, “We even looked at McDonalds and Costa, but ultimately we wanted to find something that we knew we would enjoy and remain enthusiastic about. We met and got together through our love of cars, so it just seemed like a really good direction to go.”

They decided to explore the opportunity further and do their research. “Looking further into the brand it was the professionalism, we felt it had something extra. We feel that the aftercare and service that we received is something that we would want in a business. And that is something that The Wheel Specialist really gave. Over the years the brand has really developed into the number one throughout the UK.”

And thus begins their new venture with The Wheel Specialist.

The new branch will be opening up in Clitheroe and will be servicing the retail and trade motoring community across Burnley and the surrounding areas.

“We are delighted to have Eddie and Caroline joining The Wheel Specialist network, their passion and enthusiasm is admirable and we are sure that they will have a fantastic business and a bright future with us.” Remarked Richard Higson, National Development Manager.

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The rules for connected MOT equipment have changed

From 1 October 2019, anyone buying a new roller brake tester must make sure it’s a model that can connect to the MOT testing service.

This includes buying replacement equipment, and as part of the process of getting authorisation to carry out MOTs at a test station.

The DVSA has done this to modernise testing in garages, save garages time and reduce the risk of error and fraud.

Working with manufacturers
The DVSA is working with manufacturers to develop other types of connectable equipment.

These are:
• diesel smoke meters
• exhaust gas analysers
• decelerometers
• headlamp aligners

The rules for these kinds of equipment have not changed, but DVSA is planning to do so in the future.

You can find more about MOT garage equipment on GOV.UK

The Garage Equipment Association lists all DVSA acceptable equipment.

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