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NAJ issue expert guidance notes on Brexit ‘causes for concern’ for Jewellery industry

17 Oct 2019

Along with other Association members of the British Allied Trades Federation, NAJ has commissioned specific guidance notes in case the UK crashes out of the EU with no deal, which remains unclear despite today’s positive noises from the Prime Minister meeting with EU Negotiators.

The guidance notes covering key topics such as Intellectual property, Customs, Hallmarking, Importing, Exporting and ATA Carnets are now available for members and supporters of the Jewellery Trade Association on its Bitesize Brexit Blog.

Contributor Stephen Welfare of Royds Withy King who provided guidance on Intellectual property said,

"’Britain is leaving the EU, with or without a deal’... so we are told. Despite the feverish negotiations now taking place a No Deal Brexit is a real possibility so I have been pleased to provide these Guidance Notes to the Jewellery industry.”

Steven Welfare

Image: Stephen Welfare of Royds Withy King who issued guidance on No deal Intellectual Property

Like other trade body groups across the UK, NAJ is encouraging members to be prepared for Brexit in general. Whilst the government is still working towards a Deal that the DUP will sign off on,  it is recommended that businesses should be planning for a No Deal scenario. 

In addition to sharing the latest updates regarding Brexit, the NAJ’s Bitesize Brexit blog also hosts views and opinion from the Jewellery Community.

When asked about what Brexit preparations and concerns he has Gary Wroe, Managing Director at Hockley Mint said,

“The main concern for our business is delays, caused at the border, in delivering goods to customers. We work extremely hard to meet customer delivery dates and the last thing we want is for the goods to be held up in any way.

“With Brexit negotiations ongoing it has been difficult for all businesses to really prepare for Brexit. There has been some guidance from the Government on no deal scenarios but nearly enough, so this guidance issued by NAJ is useful.

“We have increased our export business over the last few years and we have plans to increase this in the future – we just need to know the rules!”

With Brexit negotiations in a state of flux, members are encouraged to regularly check the Brexit Blog in the lead up to the 31st October, when the UK is scheduled to leave the EU.

Simon Forrester, NAJ Chief Executive said,

“We’re making this information available to all industry interested parties not just the immediate membership as we realise that the sector is looking for both answers and reassurance.

“Of course, things can change and it’s our intention to share any insights and information we receive through the Bitesized Brexit Briefing, so stay tuned.”

Members are invited to share their preparations for Brexit with NAJ and also highlight their concerns. To do this, you can email the Lindsey Straughton, NAJ’s Industry Ambassador.