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Exports Update

AIMS Export Zoom call 21st January

January 20th

EU Exit & Exports Zoom Call

Thursday 21st January 2021 – 1200 (noon)

We are going to hold a zoom call for all members interested in EU Exports and Certification etc tomorrow at 1200. There have been lots of things happening in the last two week, so we can update and answer questions.  

The zoom link is here:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86523856622

Dial in would be: 0203 901 7895 and meeting code 865 2385 6622

The team of advisers will be on the call to help where we can.  

Also:

Webinar: Exporting Goods from GB to the EU and from EU to GB via Belgium and the Netherlands - 27 JANUARY 2021 - 1500-1700 CET (that’s 1400-1600 GMT!)

Details below:

On Wednesday 27 January 2021 between 1500 and 1700 CET (1400-1600 GMT) the UK’s Border Protocol and Delivery Group will be holding a webinar on Microsoft Teams to discuss border procedural formalities for Exporting Goods from GB to the EU and from EU to GB via Belgium and the Netherlands.  

The UK experts will be joined by officials from Belgium and the Netherlands.

The link to register for the event is at the bottom of the invitation.

Please note the Border Protocol and Delivery Group are the event organisers and any enquiries concerning the event or the logistics should be directed to them.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/movement-of-goods-through-non-short-straits-roro-locations-in-north-europe-tickets-137421325885

Everyone at AIMS is here to support any members, please email if you have any questions.

MORE THAN EVER PLEASE STAY SAFE – STAY WELL

January 19th

Please circulate this update to all relevant staff within your business.

COVID-19 testing for HGV drivers using the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel Click Here

Hauliers now need a negative COVID-19 test result before travelling to France, Denmark and the Netherlands

The rules cover:

  • HGV drivers or crew

  • Vans or other light goods vehicle (LGV) drivers

International road haulage: HGV driver documents Click Here

Updated the section on coronavirus (COVID-19) testing to link through to a list of countries which require negative test results before you enter them Click Here

Moving goods through the Port of Holyhead  Click Here  (For Welsh Translation Click Here)

Information about transporting live animals under an ATA Carnet has been updated

If you are transporting live animals under an ATA Carnet, you will need to tell Border Force as this will help them to prioritise the processing of your ATA Carnet.

When your crossing is confirmed, you will need to let Border Force know when you expect to arrive at Road King Truckstop. Sat Nav: LL65 2YQ  To see location on Google Maps: Click Here

You must do this at least 24 hours before you’re due to arrive.

Email Border Force at: BFHolyhead@HomeOffice.gov.uk

If you’re a UK trader transporting live animals you’ll need to lodge a travel plan with Defra before you start your journey.

Haulier advice site locations Click Here

Clacket Lane eastbound and Orwell Crossing Truck Stop are now offering COVID testing

To find your nearest haulier advice site and sites offering Covid testing: Click Here

For the current map showing all haulier advice sites: Click Here  NOTE: The map now includes details of which sites offer COVID testing. Marked as Red dots

Haulier advice and site locations are available in the following languages:

Bulgarian - Click Here

Dutch - Click Here

French - Click Here

German - Click Here

Polish - Click Here

Romanian - Click Here

Russian - Click Here

Spanish - Click Here

Welsh - Click Here

The pre-lodgement model for controlling goods from the EU into Great Britain Click Here

The pre-lodgement model to control goods from the EU into Great Britain will come into operation from 1st  July 2021 and maybe of interest to embers bringing frozen products into the UK

The policy paper Click Here out:

  • How the pre-lodgement will work

  • The steps that operators of a frontier location need to take to prepare for these changes

 

Help and support for UK transition Click Here

The following on-line webinars are available:

What are customs import declarations?

 

This webinar explains:

  • How to make import declarations to import goods between the EU and Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales)

  • How to use simplified and supplementary declarations

  • Key terminology

  • New processes

The next webinars will be on:

Wednesday 20th January 11.45 to 12.45

Friday 22nd January 1.45 to 2.45

To register for a place: Click Here

Exporting: actions you need to take now

The webinar will provide a run through of the main export processes, including:

Staged border controls

  • Zero-rated VAT

  • Customs declarations

  • Using an intermediary

  • What licences, certificates and authorisations you may need

The next webinar will be on:

Wednesday 20th January 1.45 to 2.45

To register for a place: Click Here

Importing: what you need to know about Staged Controls

The webinar explains what actions you need to take to export goods from Great Britain to the EU and move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. We will provide a run-through of the key export processes that you will need, including:

  • Staged border controls

  • Zero-rated VAT

  • Customs declaration

  • Using an intermediary as well as licences

  • Certificates and authorisations

 

The next webinar will be on:

 

Thursday 21st January 11.45 to 12.45

 

To register for a place: Click Here

 

Trader responsibilities when using an intermediary

 

The next webinar will be on:

 

Thursday 21st January 1.45 to 2.45

 

To register for a place: Click Here

 

Everyone at AIMS is here to support any members, please email if you have any questions.

 

MORE THAN EVER PLEASE STAY SAFE – STAY WELL

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January 13th

Webinar - “Exporting goods from GB to the EU via the Short Straits”

Please circulate this update to all relevant staff within your business.

 

Thursday 14th January 2021 from 10:00 to 11:30

 

Border and Protocol Delivery Group (BPDG) invite you to join this webinar which will raise awareness of the border / procedural formalities required for exporting goods from GB to the EU via the Short Straits.

 

This event is for:

  1. UK exporters / their representatives

  2. EU importers / their representatives

  3. UK & EU transporters and logistics companies

 

Key objectives:

  1. Focus is on moving products of animal origin and products subject to sanitary phytosanitary control.

  2. It will include GB and EU requirements on fulfilling responsibilities for certification, IT systems, customs and transit processes and the border procedures across the supply chain at GB and French ports / terminals and will outline the consequences / costs of failing to comply with the formalities to import goods into the EU.

  3. The webinar will also include case studies for exporting goods.

 

To register for the webinar: Click Here

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January 7th

Export Update

 

Please circulate this update to all relevant staff within your business.

 

Haulier advice site locations Click Here

 

7 more haulier advice and information sites are now offering COVID testing:

 

  • Charnock Richard Services northbound

  • Truck Haven (Carnforth)

  • The Stockyard Truckstop Rotherham

  • Woodall northbound

  • Leicester Forest East northbound

  • Beaconsfield

  • Sutton Scotney northbound.

 

In addition, Rownhams northbound is now offering COVID-19 testing from 6am until 10pm

 

For the full up to list of all haulier advice sites including those with Covid Testing: Click Here

 

For a copy of the map showing all haulier advice sites (This doesn’t show which are also offering Covid-testing) Click Here

 

Trading with the UK: exporting animals and animal products to the UK Click Here

 

The UK Office of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Trade Assurance will co-ordinate SPS trade assurance in the UK to ensure trading partners meet import conditions for food and feed safety and standards and for animal health and welfare.

 

Different procedures may apply in Northern Ireland to Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) because Northern Ireland is aligned with the EU through the Northern Ireland Protocol on SPS matters.

The Border Operating Model Click Here

 

The links concerning Rules of Origin have been updated

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January 4th

Export Update

 

Please circulate this update to all relevant staff within your business.

 

COVID-19 testing for HGV drivers using the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel Click Here

 

Five more haulier advice sites are now open and offering free Covid-19 tests for drivers of HGVs, light goods vehicles and vans heading for the crossings into the EC.

 

REMINDER: HGV, light goods vehicles and van drivers heading to any port crossing to France must display proof of an authorised negative COVID test, conducted within 72 hours prior to travel.

This has been mandated by the UK and French governments

 

Haulier advice site locations Click Here

Eight new haulier advice sites are now offering Coronavirus testing:

 

  • Heywood Distribution Truck Stop

  • Thurrock Services

  • Hartshead Moor (Huddersfield)

  • Formula Services (Ellesmere Port)

  • Sandbach Southbound

  • Cherwell Valley

  • Membury Eastbound

  • Junction 38 Services on the M6 at Penrith

To find your nearest haulier advice and Covid testing sites: Click Here

 

For an up to date map of Haulier advice sites: Click Here

 

International road haulage: HGV and trailer documents Click Here

 

The web page details the heavy goods vehicle (HGV) and trailer documents you need to legally cross international borders in a UK-registered vehicle.

 

This has been updated with a new section on using a vehicle security checklist to record the checks you do to stop people using your vehicle to enter the UK illegally: Click Here

 

DEFRA Helpline Number:

 

Exports of animal, animal products (where export health certificate needed) and imports of live animals

 

For Urgent in transit issues call: 0300 020 0301


The helpline is open Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm

 

Or email: defra.helpline@defra.gov.uk

 

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January 3rd

Transition Update

 

Please circulate this update to all relevant staff within your business.

 

AIMS objective is to help members who are exporting to avoid the ‘bumps in the road’ so we hope that this and other Brexit related updates are of use. Please contact us if there is a particular issue that you want us to help you with.

 

Government opens further COVID-19 testing locations for hauliers heading to France Click Here

 

10 new testing centres for HGV drivers open across country, with more to open over course of week, as Army is deployed to offer support

 

These new sites will open on Sunday 3rd January with further sites added during the coming week

 

The sites will be open from 6am to 10pm 7 days per week.

 

For a full list of the sites: Click Here

 

Additional support for haulage firms to establish their own testing centres at depots, with kits provided free of charge

 

HGVs using Dover and Eurotunnel will get fast-tracked past queues if they get tested before arriving in Kent

 

Hauliers urged to ensure all correct documentation, including Kent Access Permits Click Here, in order before arriving in Kent to ensure they can cross the channel

 

Haulier advice site locations Click Here

 

At the Department for Transport’s haulier advice sites HGV drivers can:

  • Find out about the rules and documents needed to move goods between the UK and EU

  • Complete a free border readiness check to ensure they have the correct documentation to cross the EU border

  • Get help using the Check an HGV is ready to cross the border service: Click Here

  • HGV drivers can also use the free live webchat function to complete a border readiness check between 8am and 8pm, 7 days a week: Click Here

 

For a full list of Haulier advice site locations (Including those with Covid testing): Click Here

 

For a copy of the current map of Haulier advice site locations: Click Here

UPDATE 09:30 Sunday 3rd January Haulier advice site locations Click Here

 

5 more advice sites are now offering COVID-19 testing:

 

  • Burtonwood

  • Fleet southbound

  • Hopwood Park

  • Leicester Forest East southbound

  • Rothwell Truck Stop

 

AIMS Update LIVE

 

AIMS will be holding a further EU Transition Zoom call on Wednesday 6th January 2021 at 9am. Details will be sent out tomorrow.

 

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January 2nd

 

With the UK no longer a member of the EU the Government have published 300+ guidance updates. We have worked through these to produce this update which covers those which are relevant to members.

 

Food and drink businesses: working with the EU Click Here

 

DEFRA have created a single portal showing what you need to do as a food and drink business to work with the EU. The page covers the following areas and provides links to Government information sources:-

 

 

Export or move livestock and poultry Click Here

 

The APHA have published guidance that applies to businesses in Great Britain (GB) (England, Scotland and Wales) who are exporting or moving livestock (sheep, cattle, pigs and goats) or poultry to, or through:

 

  • The EU

  • Non-EU countries

  • Northern Ireland (NI)

 

You need an export health certificate (EHC) to export livestock and poultry.

 

The guidance covers:

 

  • General exporting rules - Click Here

  • Register for the poultry health scheme - Click Here

  • Quarantine rules for livestock and poultry - Click Here

  • Export or move livestock or poultry to the EU or NI - Click Here

  • Documents to transport livestock or poultry - Click Here

  • Export to non-EU countries - Click Here

  • Welfare standards for transporting livestock and poultry - Click Here

 

Importing or moving live animals, animal products and high risk food and feed not of animal origin Click Here

 

This guidance applies to businesses in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) importing or moving live animals, animal products and high risk food and feed not of animal origin from:

 

  • The EU

  • Northern Ireland (NI)

 

This is a joint DEFRA / APHA publication detailing the checks you need to make, the documents you need and how to notify the authorities for live animals, animal products and high risk food or feed not of animal origin. It covers the following:

 

  • Check if your animal product import must come from an approved establishment - Click Here

  • Check what documents you need - Click Here

  • Importing ABP and products of animal origin (POAO) - Click Here

  • Import live animals and germinal products - Click Here

  • Import non-harmonized animals such as reptiles, amphibians (except salamanders) and invertebrates (except bees, molluscs and crustaceans) - Click Here

  • Import from an EU country from 1 April 2021 - Click Here

  • Import from an EU country from 1 July 2021 - Click Here

  • Check if you need to notify APHA - Click Here

  • When your consignment arrives - Click Here

  • Documents to transport live animals from EU to GB - Click Here

  • Documents to transport live animals from NI to GB - Click Here

  • Transiting live animals through GB - Click Here

  • Animal welfare when importing live animals - Click Here

  • Imports from the EU to NI - Click Here

  • Movements from NI to GB - Click Here

Using the UKNI marking Click Here

 

The Northern Ireland Protocol came into force on 1st January 2021. For as long as it is in force, Northern Ireland will align with all relevant EU rules relating to the placing on the market of manufactured goods. You must show that your products meet those rules by using ‘conformity markings.’

 

The UKNI marking is a new conformity marking for products placed on the market in Northern Ireland which have undergone mandatory third-party conformity assessment by a body based in the UK. This guidance explains how to use the UKNI marking (sometimes referred to as the UK(NI) mark or the UK(NI) indication).

 

This guidance from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy covers:

 

 

If you have any queries or require further assistance regarding the UKNI marking, please email: goodsregulation@beis.gov.uk

 

Protected geographical food and drink names: UK applications and consultations Click Here

 

DEFRA have produced a new portal to bring together all information in relation to Geographic Indication (GI).

 

This covers:

 

  • Application requests - Click Here

  • Applications: open consultations - Click Here

  • Substantial change requests: open consultations - Click Here

  • Cancellation requests: open consultations - Click Here

  • Consultation decisions and how to appeal - Click Here

 

Farming businesses: working after Brexit transition Click Here

 

With some members having farming interests we felt that this new information portal from DEFRA will be of use to them. The site covers:

 

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January 1st

Export Update

 

A few links promised to members on various issues first:

 

Other things to note:

 

Defra helplines open Friday 1st to the close Sunday 3rd January 2021

Exports of animal, animal products (where export health certificate needed) and imports of live animals

For Urgent in transit issues
0300 020 0301
Open 8:30am to 5pm

 

AIMS Live Zoom call

We will hold another on Wednesday 6th January at 0900 – link to follow BUT if you have more pressing matters – get in touch in the usual way.

 

Asking FSA to use your own vet

These are the questions you will be asked, so when you email your ITL to ask, supply this information straight away:

  • Type of commodities you are looking to export to EU?

  • Specific day(s)/hour in the week?

  • Export direct from your plant to EU? Or through a cold store?

  • Species and quantities?

  • Boxed/exposed?

Some technical clarifications from Defra

1) Vets signing EHCs and SHAs

An Official Veterinarian (OV) must act within the remit of the Royal College of Surgeons Principles of Certification and the Official Controls Regulation (OCR) as retained within UK law. As indicated in the Notes for Guidance produced alongside each Export Health Certificate, an OV can place reliance upon health and ID marks for certain matters, but they cannot do so for all statements within a certificate. In other areas, direct personal knowledge of processes undertaken, or evidence from either the Food Business Operator or another suitably authorised individual will be required. Product that has already been produced and is due to be exported after January 1st is no different in this regard.  

 

A Support Health Attestations (SHAs) is an optional document which can enable a vet to receive information regarding the animal health and traceability information associated with a product from another suitably authorised individual. This enables one suitably authorised individual at one premises to provide supporting information to aid certification to a certifying OV elsewhere. In no circumstance is the use of an SHA mandatory. The SHA template provided by Defra is for guidance purposes.

 

Ultimately it will be up to industry and OVs to set up efficient processes that can demonstrate audit trail and consistency in the certifying process.

 

The communications provided by Defra throughout has been very clear - that products of animal origin (POAO) that enter the EU from 1st Jan 2021 must be fully certified as a third country import.

 

2) Cleaning & disinfecting (C&D) of vehicles needing appropriate attestation

The EHC for meat of porcine, ovine, caprine and bovine origin contains an animal health attestation relating to cleansing and disinfecting of vehicles that states that “regarding meat obtained from animals which have been transported from their holdings in vehicles, cleansed and disinfected before loading, to an approved slaughterhouse without contact with other animals…”.

 

It is a statutory requirement in article 3 part 4 of the Transport of Animals (Cleansing and Disinfection) (England) (No 3) Order 2003 (as amended) and equivalent legislation in Scotland, Wales and N. Ireland that “No person shall use, or cause or permit the use of, any means of transport to transport any animal to which this regulation applies, unless it has been cleansed and disinfected in accordance with Schedule 2 since it was last used to transport any animal or anything which may give rise to the transmission of a disease affecting animals”.

 

We are in the process of updating the Notes for Guidance to more clearly reflect the fact that there is an existing legal obligation for C&D under domestic UK law which certifiers may choose to rely upon when completing the EHC, alongside other evidence.

 

The Notes For Guidance (NFG) for these EHCs will state that C&D for means of transport may be certified on the basis of compliance with the legal requirements of the Transport of Animals (Cleansing and Disinfection) (England) (No. 3) Order 2003 (as amended) and equivalent legislation in Scotland, Wales and N. Ireland.

 

General Licences for movement of livestock (under Disease Control Orders) contain the obligation of compliance with such C&D legal requirements as per link provided: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/general-licence-for-the-movement-of-pigs-sheep-and-goats

 

3) Surge capacity to support export health certification

Defra, APHA and Food Standards Agency have put in place a system to enable to the provision of surge capacity where resource allows. This will support specific shortages of certifiers that may arise in the short term.

 

Food Business Operators (FBO) contacting you regarding certification should be directed towards the Gov.uk page to Find a Certifier in the first instance. Any FBO contacting APHA via the details indicated on this page will be directed to private certification providers. It is via these providers that any Government resource, if available, will be deployed.

 

The FSA have written to FBOs separately on their ability to support certification with in-plant OVs and this process remains separate to that referenced above. However, if support was not available via this route, the APHA process could be engaged.

Latest update from Cabinet Office on the situation at the Borders

 

Dear Stakeholder,

 

As you are aware, the transition period came to an end at 11pm last night, with the UK leaving the European Union’s Customs Union and Single Market. New processes for goods crossing the border, as set out in the Border Operating Model, came into effect at that time. We are pleased to report that all the required systems and infrastructure are online and operating as envisaged; and that there have been no incidents of note in the first hours of operating the new border arrangements.

 

Traffic has, of course, been lighter than usual today and we expect that to continue over the weekend. We will remain vigilant in terms of levels of compliance with new requirements and would welcome early notification from all stakeholders of emerging issues. The Border Operations Centre is now up and running 24/7 and monitoring flow rates, compliance with new requirements, and Kent Access Permit issues, working hand in glove with Kent Resilience Forum and other key partners.  

 

As flagged in yesterday’s weekly stakeholder bulletin, during the first half of January (4th to 15th) we will be inviting stakeholders to calls which will enable us to update on the live state of play at the border and take immediate feedback in terms of what you are seeing on the ground.

 

Covid-19 testing for HGV drivers using Dover or Eurotunnel

Reminder: the Department for Transport has published guidance for HGV drivers requiring a Covid-19 test before entering France. Guidance can be found here. We strongly recommend reviewing the guidance prior to making a journey as it may be subject to change/update. All HGV drivers should also have registered on the Check an HGV is ready to cross the Border service to apply for a Kent Access Permit. The driver could be stopped and fined up to £300 for entering Kent without having a Kent Access Permit, or for making false declarations when travelling to the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel.

 

Current situation in neighbouring EU Member States including IT systems changes

Confirmation this morning that:

  • France - SI Brexit is fully operational since midnight (CET) 31 Dec 2020, no problems identified.

  • Spain - all IT systems working well and all necessary changes had been made in time. First GB - ES ferry not until 4 Jan 2021.

  • The Netherlands - Portbase working well ditto IT changes made in time. Useful (new) link for  help and advice https://nh.douane.nl/en/

  • Belgium - Paper Less Douane Accises (PLDA) system is updated and there are no problems identified. RX Seaport also working fine for Port of Zeebrugge.

  • Ireland - Customs RoRo Service and Automated Import Service (AIS) both working and updated.

 

Helplines

If you or your members / customers have enquiries, they should go to gov.uk/transition or they can use the following helpline numbers:

  • HMRC Customs & International Trade Helpline - 0300 322 9434. Opening hours here.

  • HMRC VAT / Imports and Exports General Enquiries - 0300 200 3700. Opening hours here.

  • Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)

    • Vehicle operator licensing enquiries - 0300 123 9000. Opening hours here.

    • International Road Haulage Permits - 0330 678 1117. Opening hours here.  

  • Animal, Plant and Health Agency (APHA) - 0300 1000 313. Further details here.

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