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Latest Email Bulletins
The BVRLA issues a series of regular email bulletins to keep members informed of the very latest advice, guidance and support from government relating to the coronavirus pandemic and EU Exit. Any individual working for a member organisation can sign up to receive BVRLA updates, including the Bulletins below:
17 May 2021
Resources to support compliance as restrictions ease
The Government has produced a suite of posters for business in England to display in premises to explain the new rules following the easing of restrictions.
The following guidance has been updated to reflect the new rules which take effect today (17 May 2021):
People are being encouraged to continue to work from home if you can, travel safely, and follow the rules.
New rules as international travel ban is lifted
The Government has published a list of countries and territories and classed them as red, amber or green to make clear what you must do if you have been in those countries or territories within 10 days of arriving in England.
A simple online portal has been launched to help people to easily find the tests required for ‘green list’ and ‘amber list’ arrivals based on several criteria, including cost.
Those with a requirement to travel overseas are advised to Sign up for an email alert to be notified when the page is updated, as the status of countries and territories can change at any given time.
Essential information for customers travelling abroad
The Government has published the Passenger COVID-19 Charter, providing information for passengers to outline their rights and responsibilities when travelling this summer.
Holidaymakers are advised to check travel advice for their specific destination before travelling.
As people start to plan their trips abroad, members are reminded to make their rental and leasing customers aware of the requirement to have a VE103 certificate when taking a vehicle abroad.
Proof of vaccination when travelling abroad
The Government has published guidance on demonstrating Covid-19 vaccination status when travelling abroad. Proof of vaccination status is available, in digital or paper format, to people who live in England and are registered with a GP or have an NHS number.
There are currently not many countries that accept proof of vaccination, so people will still need to follow other rules when travelling abroad, such as getting a negative pre-departure test.
Change to the reporting of infection rates
The Government is now reporting four separate R values and growth rates for each nation, instead of one for the whole of the UK.
New figures published on 14 May show that England had an R value between 0.8 and 1.1 meaning that, on average, every 10 people infected will infect between 8 and 11 other people.
The growth rate is between -3% and 1% meaning that the number of new infections could be shrinking by up to 3% every day or growing by up to 1% every day.
12 March 2021
New timetable for border controls on imports
The Government has announced a new timetable for introducing import border control processes to enable UK businesses to focus on their recovery.
Full processes for some imports will now not be required until January 2022, six months later than planned, including:
- Customs import declarations, which will still be required, but the option to use the deferred declaration scheme, including submitting supplementary declarations up to six months after the goods have been imported, has been extended to 1 January 2022.
- Safety and Security Declarations for imports, which will now not be required until 1 January 2022.
Access to international trade advisers
The Government is offering support for exporters via a network of around 300 International Trade Advisers located across all regions of the UK.
Enter your postcode into the online portal to get details of where to find your local trade office and how to contact your local international trade adviser.
Transferring goods into Northern Ireland tariff-free
HMRC has updated its guidance for those who transfer goods into Northern Ireland to include that organisations without a fixed place of business in NI will be authorised under the UK Trader Scheme until the end of October.
This will give some businesses more time to consider the options and adapt to the new requirements under the NI Protocol. However, the details of the extension make it unworkable for parts of BVRLA membership.
The BVRLA will continue to lobby Government to try to secure a workable long-term solution.
Grants to help SME’s new to importing or exporting
Applications for grants of up to £2,000 are due to open this month for businesses that transfer goods between Great Britain and the EU or move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
The grants, designed to support businesses that are new to import or export processes, are to contribute towards the cost of training and professional advice on customs, rules of origin, and the VAT aspects of imports and exports.
Members are encouraged to keep an eye on the guidance page as applications are due to open this month (March 2021).
Look up tariffs, taxes and rules to trade with the UK
The Government has published an online portal to help businesses to find out the UK rules and taxes that apply to goods being imported from overseas into the UK. It includes:
- product-specific standards and regulations
- if there’s duty and VAT to pay
- duty relief schemes
- if an import licence is needed
- your UK commodity code, for example if you do your own import declarations.
BVRLA publishes new Business Impact Survey
Findings from Wave 1 of the association’s Business Impact Survey have been published, showing that the most common concerns being expressed by members following the UK’s departure from the EU relate to increased costs.
Increased cost of vehicles, followed by increased cost of parts, are the two issues that members feel will have the greatest impact on their business.
The survey, which canvass members’ views on the impact of both EU Exit and the Covid pandemic, is being carried out quarterly.
Guidance for employers hiring from the EU
The Home Office has published a 13-page guidance document and a useful one-page at-a-glance-guide to provide employers with information on what they need to know and do to become a licensed sponsor of skilled migrant workers under the UK’s new points-based immigration system.
Additional information for devolved administrations
Business Support Helplines are also available:
- Wales: 0300 060 3000
- Scotland: 0300 303 0660
- Northern Ireland: 0800 181 4422
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