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News & Press: October 2019

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

07 October 2019  
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Please find below updates relating to the Government’s preparations for leaving the EU and other key information.

1. New funding available to help businesses that complete customs declarations

Businesses can now apply for funding towards hiring new staff to help your business complete customs declarations.  More information on the grants available for recruitment, training and IT improvements for businesses completing customs declarations can be accessed here.

2. How to prepare for Brexit… videos

BEIS and HMRC has released a series of short videos to help businesses prepare for Brexit. The topics covered include travelling for business, using a customs agent, company mergers, exporting to the EU and selling manufactured goods on the EU market.  

3. DIT’s Brexit Preparedness Workshops for businesses

DIT is running a series of events to help exporters to get ready for Brexit. These events will be particularly useful for businesses exporting to the EU, and will provide businesses with an opportunity to develop a personalised action plan for Brexit preparedness. Topics covered include impact to supply chains, changes to regulations and contracts, where to find tariff information, and what they might need to say to customers and employees, among other topics. Locations are still being added but you can sign up here to your nearest event.

4. Helping hauliers prepare for Brexit

The Department for Transport is setting up information pop-up stands across the UK and Europe to help hauliers and businesses prepare for Brexit, so that goods can continue to flow smoothly through ports. The pop-ups will be located at ports, service stations and on ferries to provide easily accessible advice, helping hauliers understand the documentation they need for themselves, their vehicles and their goods after Brexit.

All stands will be staffed by multilingual advisors.

Further advice for hauliers is available on GOV.UK.

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

If you are an EU based business trading goods to or via the UK, sign up to a webinar led by the HMRC 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

6. ‘Get Ready for Brexit’ campaign – Upcoming roadshows 
 
Join us at a free Brexit Business Readiness Event in your area to meet government advisers and to find out what actions your business needs to take to prepare. The events will combine a keynote address, interactive support, advice stands and in-depth sessions led by subject matter experts. They will provide you with specific business-focused advice and help. 
 
Week commencing 7 October: 

  Monday 7 October - Derry/Londonderry
Monday  7 October - Cambridge
Tuesday 8 October - Belfast
Tuesday  8 October - Ipswich
Wednesday 9 October - Newcastle upon Tyne
Friday  10 October - Carlisle
 
In most locations we will run sessions in both the morning and afternoon: 
Morning - 09:00 - 11.30 
Afternoon - 13:00 - 15.30 

In addition, the government has prepared key messages that will help promote these events on your own channels, including social, newsletters, web stories and direct emails. All relevant information on how to support the campaign can be found on the Frontify website.

7. Contact the Brexit imports and exports helpline

Get information about importing and exporting goods after Brexit. 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