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‘Get Ready for Brexit’ campaign; fellows engaged in a series of roadshows, bringing together expertise from government departments including BEIS, Home Office, HMRC, DIT, DEFRA and DCMS, combining interactive support and in-depth advice sessions to help business of all sizes get ready for Brexit. The Institute of Couriers held a dedicated Express 'Ready for Brexit' meeting in Manchester on 30th October. It also produced this dedicated web bubble for the sector, a printed pamphlet for van driver distribution and also ran extensive extracts in the Institute's 'week ahead' Sunday sector email bulletins





DfT December posting: Contact the Brexit imports and exports helpline 0300 3301 331

Get information about importing and exporting goods after Brexit. Call the helpline to find out about: Customs declarations and procedures. Duties and tariffs. Importing and exporting different goods and transporting goods to and from the EU. Product safety regulations. Imports and exports: Brexit enquiries Telephone: 0300 3301 331. Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm


Steps for Business to get ready for Brexit

The UK will be leaving the EU on 31st January 2020. This will bring important changes to doing business. Here are the top things your business can now do to get ready.

1. Make sure your employees’ professional qualifications are recognised in the UK, EEA and Switzerland.

Make sure your employees’ professional qualifications, such as driving licences, are recognised in country where they are doing business. EEA or Swiss qualified professionals will need their qualifications recognised by the relevant UK regulator. UK professionals working in the EEA or Switzerland will need their qualifications recognised by the relevant regulator in the country they want to work in.

Search ‘providing services to the EU’ on www.gov.uk/Brexit for more information.

2. Prepare for new customs and VAT procedures at the border when trading with the EU.

To continue importing from and exporting to the EU from the leave date there are changes you need to make now. Make sure you have an Economic Operators Registration and Identification (EORI) number that starts with GB. It’s quick, easy and free to do on gov.uk/Brexit. For businesses that import there is also the option of applying to make this easier with transitional simplifies procedures (TSP). This streamlines the process and is ideal for those new to customs procedures.

Find step by step guides to importing and exporting, as well as more information, at www.gov.uk/Brexit-traders.

3. Check requirements to operate in EU member states.

Check the regulations for EU/EEA countries to ensure you can still operate there, as UK businesses and service providers may face additional legal, regulatory and administrative barriers.

Search ‘providing services to the EU’ on www.gov.uk/brexit for more information.

4. Signpost the EU Settlement Scheme

Employers can help their EU, EEA, and Swiss staff get the information they need to apply for status under the EU Settlement Scheme. This will enable them to secure their rights in the UK. Applicants have until at least the 31 December 2020 to make an application.

Search ‘EU Settlement Scheme Employer Toolkit’ on www.gov.uk/brexit for more information.

5.Act now to continue legally receiving personal data from the EU/EAA after Brexit.

Check how you can legally continue to receive personal data such as names, addresses or payroll details from organisations in the EU or EEA after the leave date. You may need to update your contracts or take other steps. An example of a personal data transfer from an EU/EEA partner is a UK company that receives customer information from an EU/EEA company to provide goods or services.

Find additional information at www.gov.uk/brexit-personal-data or visit the information Commissioners Office (ICO) guidance at www.ico.org.uk and search for ‘data protection and Brexit.

6.Check whether any EU funding you receive will be guaranteed.

The government has guaranteed that UK organisations will continue to receive funding over their projects’ lifetimes if they have successfully bid into EU-funded programmes up to the end of 2020. Payments can extend beyond 2020.

Search ‘European and domestic funding after Brexit on www.gov.uk/brexit for more information.

Oct 30th for the IOC Middle England Brexit last-mile masterclass

IOC Brexit round table for express logistics, final mile, last mile.

At the Crowne Plaza, 55 Booth Street West, Manchester M15 6PQ

Lunch on arrival, 12.00 – 13.30 start for 16.00 finish.

What does it all mean and when will it happen?

Set your diary for Middle England and the IOC Last Mile Manchester masterclass on all things BREXIT, it is a must-attend and will be in the Express hotspot of Middle England on Oct 30th for a free-to-attend round table with the experts speaking to clarify where we are on borders, licence compliance and more.

Call Tracey Worth to reserve your place, 07976 263745


BREXIT Bubble evolves as the go-to final mile for Express courier

· Oct 31 to be or not to be in final mile, last mile Express courier talk.

· Oct 30 IOC Brexit last mile for Express courier event Manchester

· Motorway pop-ups for Brexit booklets

· IOC launch dedicated Express and final mile Brexit booklet

Departments across government are holding events to help your business get ready for Brexit


Pop-up Help for logistics to prepare for Brexit

The Department for Transport is setting up information pop-up stands across the UK and Europe to help transport 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.


Brexit Helpline. New contact details

Today the Government has launched its Brexit Helpline giving additional information and guidance for businesses.

Full details of the Brexit Helpline can be found here

Operation Brock for KENT roads to the ports

IOC beat Parliament Super Saturday Oct 19th to bring you the Express Brexit Bubble on the Institute of Couriers' website a week ahead. A dedicated top-line bubble for Brexit that’s already been refreshed and all the news you need for express courier, final mile last mile Brexit. Britain’s anticipated withdrawal from the EU in the coming months means that businesses across the UK need to prepare. Throughout the rest of this month, IOC will be bringing you all the expertise and information resources you need, as we help Express final mile get Brexit Ready. Focusing on issues including driving licences, employment and immigration and getting ready for any changes in the tax and customs landscape. Hot off the Brexit Bubble news is Operation Brock.


Operation Brock to keep the M20 open in both directions

DfT Minister Chris Heaton-Harris says 'do not use sat nav.'

Kent roads ready for Brexit as hauliers gear up for the leave date

DfT Minister Chris Heaton-Harris, announced this week,

The final preparations to keep Britain moving after Brexit are taking place as traffic management preparations in Kent are stepped up. We want residents in Kent and Express couriers travelling from across the EU to be reassured that there are robust plans in place to deal with any disruption in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Operation Brock will go live on Monday 28 October to manage any traffic disruption and help keep trade moving in and out of the UK. The government has worked closely with the Kent Resilience Forum to implement the scheme, which will manage any delays to Europe-bound freight while protecting local roads from disruption.

It will keep the M20 open in both directions for all other traffic, minimising any impacts on local residents, businesses and public services. This comes as the Department for Transport launches a targeted information campaign to ensure hauliers know what to expect if they are travelling to the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel in a no-deal Brexit scenario.

Express couriers driving during Operation Brock and heading to Europe via the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel will need to be on the Operation Brock routes and follow all diversions, instructions and speed restrictions rather than relying on satellite navigation systems.

Final works in the coming weeks will ensure that the holding areas are ready to be activated on October 28 as Operation Brock goes live.

This means that from 26-27 October there will be overnight closures on the M20 between junctions 7 and 9, so that final preparations can be carried out safely.

Once Operation Brock goes live on Monday 28 October, lorries heading for mainland Europe will need to use the coast bound carriageway of the M20 between junctions 8 and 9, with a 30mph speed limit in place.

All other traffic will run on the London-bound carriageway between these junctions, with two lanes in each direction operating at 50mph.

In addition, Highways England is fast-tracking work to ensure that key slip roads at a new junction being created on the M20 near Ashford will be open to traffic by the 31 October.


The UK Department for Transport's advice on Brexit is reproduced below

After Brexit there will be changes that affect businesses and hauliers across the UK.

Make sure you are prepared for them, particularly if your business:

· imports goods

· exports goods

· receives personal data

· exports services

Local business readiness events

The Department for Business is holding a series of free face-to-face Business Readiness Events across the UK, to help businesses find out what actions they need to take to prepare for Brexit. The events include support and advice stands, with in-depth sessions led by subject matter experts from across government, including Defra, HMRC, Home Office and DCMS.

You will find out more about a range of issues, including:

· the importing and exporting of goods and services

· transferring data

· employing EU citizens

Sign up to the events through the Brexit Business Readiness Events website.

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.

Brexit preparedness workshops for businesses that export

Businesses will leave these workshops with a personalised action plan for Brexit preparedness. The workshops will provide advice on:

· impact to supply chains

· changes to regulations and contracts

· where to find tariff information

· what businesses might need to speak to customers and employees about

Find your nearest event and sign up: please note that locations are still being added.


HMRC webinars to help customers get ready for Brexit

HMRC is running Get Ready for Brexit webinars during October, which provide an overview of everything UK businesses involved in the movement of goods between the EU and the UK need to know to keep goods moving after the leave date.

Sign up for one of the webinars at Get Ready for Brexit.

For those unable to make any of the sessions, the webinar has been recorded on GOV.UK

crossing the border to DEFRA for some more advice...

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Flowcharts for import and export processes after Brexit

The way you import to and export from the EU will change after Brexit. These flowcharts explain the new processes for certain goods and products.

Sign up for Defra alerts about Brexit and the trade sector

You can also read step-by-step guides on how to prepare your business for:

· exporting to the EU

· importing from the EU


1. Chemical exporters: steps to export chemicals to the EU after Brexit

2. Farmers and food producers: steps to export meat and dairy to the EU after Brexit

3. Farmers and food producers: steps to import meat and dairy from the EU after Brexit

4. Farmers and livestock exporters: steps to export live animals to the EU after Brexit

5. Fishermen: steps to land fishery products into the EU after Brexit

6. Livestock and poultry importers: steps to import livestock and poultry from the EU to the UK

7. Seafood exporters: steps to export fishery products to the EU after Brexit

For drivers and couriers who have been living outside the UK


Advice for UK nationals returning to live in the UK from the EU

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) have provided advice for UK nationals previously living in the EU, who are returning to live in the UK after Brexit.

The advice includes information on benefits, healthcare, tax, bringing family members to the UK, housing, driving licenses, social care services, access to schooling and more.

Returning UK nationals can check eligibility requirements for any new benefit claims.