19th March 2019 – Brexit Roundtable Breakfast: in partnership with DIT & CCI Paris
On Tuesday, we held our third ‘Brexit Talks’ Event in association with Department for International Trade and CCI Paris at the British Embassy. With the UK still set to leave the EU next Friday, this week’s breakfast was incredibly popular among business owners to find out more on how the Transport and Logistics sector could be affected in such uncertain times.
We were delighted to welcome speakers from HMRC, Department for Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Department for Transport as well as Rob Burrows, Managing Director from UPS, who spoke on their plans in case of a no deal Brexit.
The Border Delivery Group was established in 2017 to prepare borders for Brexit; deal or no deal. The group is aiming to ensure that the border works effectively when the UK leaves the EU and that goods and people can flow without disruption.
Speakers from HMRC covered the entry summary declaration for customs, which included :
The Department for Transport followed, and explained that they are planning for all scenarios including a no deal. A no deal scenario would see the immediate introduction of border and third country controls for UK exports to the EU. No deal activities focus on three key areas:
- Communications to drivers and hauliers: providing clarity on requirements for driving abroad after 29 March
- Contingency plans to manage disruption to Dover and Eurotunnel
- Maintaining liberalised access for UK and EU hauliers
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs covered how they are preparing for a no deal:
If the UK leaves the EU without a deal,
- In order to export animals and animal products the EU will require the UK to be a listed third country. The UK government has applied for this status and is confident that the UK meets the animal health requirements for listing
- To export animals, animal products, fish, shellfish, crustaceans or
fishery products from the UK to the EU, the UK exporter will need a certified export health certificate (EHC) which is sent with the export consignment
- The goods will need to enter the EU through a border inspection post (BIP)
- The EU-based importer/import agent will have to notify the BIP prior to the arrival of the consignment, and at least 24 hours in advance for live animals – and upload a copy of the EHC on TRACES
General Director of UPS, Rob Burrows, concluded the presentation with an insight into how UPS are dealing with the current uncertain situation. Mr. Burrows stated, “Brexit is a significant opportunity for us” and he is certain UPS will be ready. Guests were left reassured by Mr. Burrows positive outlook on the upcoming months.
We would like to thank all of our speakers as well as the Department for International Trade and CCI Paris with whom these breakfast events are in association.
For more information on our upcoming events, please visit our website : https://francobritishchamber.com/upcoming-events/
8:30 am - 10:30 am