The Government is preparing for the UK to leave the European Union on 31 October.
A public information campaign called `Get Ready for Brexit` has been launched to get businesses and residents ready for this change. A key purpose of the campaign is to inform and motivate businesses to take action and prepare for Brexit.
The campaign will feature adverts seen across the UK on radio, TV, in newspapers, digital, social media, posters, on billboards and via video on demand. Events and roadshows are also part of the Government’s plans.
There is a dedicated landing page with the latest information and guidance about Brexit for businesses, and individuals and families. It also includes information about visiting the EU after Brexit, for UK nationals living in the EU, and for EU citizens living in the UK.
The landing page can be found online at https://www.gov.uk/brexit
Local free workshops for businesses
Cannock Chase Council has arranged free workshops for businesses covering customs procedures, export documentation, duties and tariffs and customs compliance; in conjunction with the Department for International Trade and Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce.
A well-attended workshop has already taken place in Cannock (on 18 September). There is another one on 2 October from 10am-4pm at Rugeley Leisure Centre. You can reserve a place by calling 01782 202222 or book online at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/brexit-training-for-your-business-tickets-66878410125
Webinars for businesses
A series of webinars for European businesses to support increased understanding of key steps they need to take to keep importing and exporting from/to the UK is being arranged by Government, and HMRC has a series of UK-focused webinars on what UK businesses need to know to keep importing and exporting. More details here.
National events and roadshows for businesses
Local businesses across the UK will receive tailored advice and support on preparing for Brexit as part of a series of nationwide events led by Government. The free events will combine a keynote address from senior government officials, advice stands and in-depth sessions to give businesses the information they need to get ready for Brexit.
For all venue locations (which are continuing to be updated) and further details, please register here https://registration.livegroup.co.uk/BrexitBusinessReadinessEvents
New Brexit helpline for traders and hauliers
A new cross-Government telephone helpline has launched, specifically for UK traders and hauliers exporting to and importing from the EU. The helpline will provide up-to-date signposting and guidance on arrangements for goods crossing the UK / EU border after Brexit, through a single point of enquiry. The helpline will cover issues such as:
· Requirements of the trader (e.g. customs declarations, export health certificates, controlled goods licenses/permits).
· Requirements of the haulier (e.g. trailer registrations, international driving permits).
· Other pre-requisites to trade (e.g. Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number).
· Import easements (e.g. Transitional Simplified Procedures).
The helpline lines are open 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday. The number to call is 0300 3301 331.
Decision Trees for businesses
Whether you are a business exporting goods into the EU through roll on roll off (RORO) locations after Brexit or importing goods into the UK through RORO locations, the following documents will provide useful guidance.
Get Ready Trader - Export
Get Ready Trader - Import
Last Updated: 01/09/2020