The British Chambers of Commerce and Sussex Chamber of Commerce continue to work to avoid a messy and disorderly exit from the European Union. However, businesses need answers they can base decisions on, no matter the outcome. This includes the trade documentation to prove origin.
Should the United Kingdom reach a withdrawal Agreement with the EU, then the existing documents that Sussex Chamber of Commerce currently issues to exporters will continue to be used throughout any period of transition.
As part of our contingency planning for a no-deal Brexit, our colleagues at the British Chambers of Commerce have worked closely with HM Revenue and Customs and Department of International Trade on the revised format of preference and non-preference certificates of origin.
In the event of a no-deal Brexit we have made preparations to enable us to provide exporters with continuity of service through the issuance of revised ‘United Kingdom’ documentation.
The UK exited the European Union on January 31, 2020. A business-as-usual transition period now follows as negotiations to establish a future relationship beyond December 2020 take place.
If these talks fail to produce an agreement, a ‘no-deal’ Brexit is still possible in December 2020. Time spent thinking through the changes that Brexit may bring to your firm could yield real dividends in future. There are steps that businesses of all sizes can take now to start planning ahead.
The checklist below relates to possible changes flowing from Brexit that your business may need to consider. It has been prepared in response to BCC research on business preparation, and in response to member queries and the information available from government.
We hope you find it useful as a basis for business planning at both operational and Board level.
The UK Government has advised firms to prepare for a ‘no-deal’ exit from the European Union. In order to plan for that unwelcome possibility, firms of all sizes and sectors need to understand exactly what conditions they will face and how to prepare their operations to be ready for day one of the UK’s departure.