Latest Government Information on Preparing for No-Deal Brexit

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Are you aware that last week the government released an impact assessment looking at the implications of a no-deal Brexit and what businesses can do to prepare?

The date of the UK’s departure from the EU is drawing closer and, as you will be aware, leaving without a deal is one of the options on the table.

Following the government’s new document, the AIC has also sent out a briefing to its members, recommending measures that need to be taken in case of this eventuality.

Below are a few of the main takeaways from the briefing: actionable steps you can take to help your agribusiness prepare for a no-deal Brexit.

Economic Operator Registration & Identification numbers

In order to trade as a non-EU state, all companies will need an Economic Operator Registration & Identification number (EORI). While some agribusinesses will already be registered, many who have previously only traded within the EU will need to register. Of the 245,000 businesses that the government estimates need to register, currently only 36,000 have. This article contains more information on obtaining an EORI.

Customs paperwork

UK agribusinesses need to be prepared for all of their exports to the EU to undergo full inspections following Brexit. EU entry points such as Calais are currently preparing for the UK’s departure and are recruiting additional staff for import inspections.

You can reduce the likelihood of goods being held up at the border during these inspections by making sure that all customs paperwork is fully in order ready for the end of March.

Lorry licensing and certification

The majority of exports of UK agriculture goods to Europe travel via lorry – this means it is very important to understand the legal changes that will apply to lorry transport following Brexit.

From the end of March, lorry trailers will need to be registered and carry a certificate in order to travel through Europe. More information can be found on the government website.

In addition, it looks probable that UK lorry drivers will need International Driving Permits to drive in the EU. Although things are certain, agribusinesses should look at what may be required and start making any necessary changes.

Rules on wooden pallets

In a no-deal Brexit scenario, any UK exports packaged in wooden pallets will be subject to rules on wood packaging and dunnage from non-EU countries. These are different to the rules we currently have to follow as an EU country, and the government fears that there is a shortage of pallets in the UK that would meet the new standards. A list of the requirements can be found here.

For full details on the predicted impact of a no-deal Brexit for business in the UK, you can view the government’s complete impact assessment here.

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