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Prepare your jewellery business for EU Exit (part 1)

10 Dec 2020

 

brexit customs border

As a nation, we get closer and closer to leaving the EU on the 1st of January, but with a final decision on a withdrawal agreement still outstanding, what can Jewellery businesses do to prepare now?

Working with the British Jewellery and Giftware International team at the British Allied Trades Federation, the NAJ has put together a post transition update (part one), linking to the most appropriate resources for your attention.

For the most up to date advice, always visit EU Exit hub.

NAJ's EU Exit Briefings

 

Exporting to the EU

If you are planning to export to the EU from 1st January 2020 you must take these steps now, to ensure your business is ready for 1st January:

  • Decide how you want to make customs declarations and whether you need to get someone to deal with customs for you. You risk not being able to import or export goods if you do not get your business ready.

Get someone to deal with customs for you

Download a personalised action plan 

 

Importing from the EU

If you are planning to import from the EU from 1st January 2020 you must take these steps now, to ensure your business is ready for 1st January:

  • Decide how you want to make customs declarations and whether you need to get someone to deal with customs for you. You risk not being able to import or export goods if you do not get your business ready.

Get someone to deal with customs for you

UK tariffs from 1 January 2021

Download a personalised action plan 

 

Hallmarking, VAT and other regulations

Recognition of Hallmarks

The British Hallmarking Council has updated its guidance on hallmarking requirements from 1 January 2021 following Government advice. 

Obligations to recognise equivalent EU hallmarks will end in Great Britain.  For the Northern Ireland market, EU hallmarks will continue to be recognised, by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act. 

Any product already on the market before January 2021 will be legal, under the same legislation.  The question of the length of time this will be effective has not yet been determined.  It may be good practice to maintain records demonstrating that items being sold were on the market prior to 1 January 2021.

Any new stock entering the Great Britain market will require a UK national hallmark or an International Convention hallmark. 

Any new stock exported to EU member states will require a mark recognised by those countries. 

The BHC has stated it will share further updates on developments as they become available.

 

VAT

Zero rated VAT can be applied to most goods being exported outside of the UK. Further guidance.

Claim VAT refunds from EU countries from 1 January 2021: claiming VAT refunds from EU member states from 1 January 2021. The date you can amend and view refund claims has been updated.

Claim refunds of UK VAT from 1 January 2021 if you're an EU business: The date you can claim back VAT charged on or after 1 January 2021 has been updated.

 

Regulations

Meeting climate change requirements from 1 January 2021: the European Commission has confirmed that UK-accredited verifiers are able to verify 2020 emissions for UK operators only, but not EU operators.

If you buy chemicals from the EU, you will need to register on the new UK REACH system. It usually takes up to 6 weeks. You risk not being able to bring chemicals into the UK if you do not register.

How to comply with REACH chemical regulations

Using the UKCA mark from 1st January

Protection of trading interests (retained blocking regulations) from 1 January 2021: This guidance sets out how protection of trading interests (also known as retained blocking regulations) will work in the UK from 1 January 2021.

 

Continuing to Trade

Trading with the EU

Help and support if your business trades with the EU: Includes link to the EU Transition Trader and Industry Online Forum launched by the Border and Protocol Delivery Group. The Forums, categorised by subject, allow you to ask questions about the preparations you need to make. You will need to register to access the forums.

Check what you need to do to export to the EU from 1 January 2021 You risk not being able to send or take goods to EU countries from 1 January 2021.

Check what you need to do to import from the EU from 1 January 2021 You risk not being able to bring or receive goods from EU countries from 1 January 2021.

 

Trading with non-EU countries

Existing UK trade agreements with non-EU countries

 

Licenses and certificates

Notice 32/20 – Information on Licence Security from 1 January 2021. this notice provides information on import and export licence security from 1 January 2021

Changes to copyright law from 1 January 2021 You risk breaking copyright rules if you do not have the right permissions.

Changes to EU and international designs and trade mark protection from 1 January 2021

 

E-commerce

The eCommerce Directive after the transition period

 

Duties and customs

Duty rates into the EU (NB The UK will not be listed until 1st January). In the meantime, use another country which has no FTA deal with the EU. Examples would be the USA, Australia or Somalia)

Get ready to move goods between or through common transit countries including the EU

Register for a quicker way to move your goods to the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein

Moving goods between or through common transit countries including the EU

Check duties and customs procedures for exporting goods

Customs agents and fast parcel operators

 

NI Protocol

Moving goods under the Northern Ireland Protocol

 

Funding, Resources and more information

Funding available

Ports across England to receive £10 million to support Brexit transition: Councils across England will receive a share of £10 million to support their preparations for the end of the transition period.

Customs Grant Scheme: companies completing their own customs declarations may be eligible for funding for recruitment, employee training and IT in preparation for additional customs declarations.

 

Resources and webinars

Transition period letters from the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma, to businesses and sub-sectors about actions they need to take from 1 January 2021:

Transition period: letter to businesses

Transition period: letter to the consumer goods sector

Transition period: letter to the retail sector

Transition period: letter to the chemicals sector

Webinars on preparing your business for the end of the transition period - Register and watch the sector-specific webinars - about how to prepare your business for new rules from 1 January 2021.

DIT recorded webinars, including on ‘E-commerce trading now UK has left the EU & 2021 ‘VAT e-commerce package.’

Download ecommerce trading webinar 

 

British Chambers of Commerce are running a series of virtual events/webinars, many are free to attend, to assist businesses exporting post transition. Find your local Chamber of Commerce to see what support is available to you.

Intellectual property after 1 January 2021: Key information for customers and users of IP about how the IP system and the Intellectual Property Office will operate after the end of the transition period.

 

Personal data management and protection from 1 January 2021

Will you be using personal data in your business or other organisation after the transition period? 

Crucial information on managing personal data flows, with further information on data protection for organisations is available to view aswell as guidance specifically for SMEs  and a useful interactive tool for EEA-UK data flows.

 

Source: BATF International