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Expert advice on preparing businesses for EU Exit shared at NAJ Live

02 Dec 2020

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Last week (Thursday 26th November) the fifth digital NAJ Live took place, with almost 80 attendees tuned in to hear from a panel of import, export and international trade experts.

Helen Dimmick, NAJ Retail Ambassador, kicked off the event and touched on some of the recent news from the NAJ, like the Coronavirus advice (part ten) article‘The Present Moment’ Christmas campaign that’s currently rolling out, the announcement of the MasterPeaceAcademy, as well as 'The Magic of Selling Jewellery at Christmas', a training session that Helen will host live on Facebook on 10th December.

Barbara Scott from Customs Associates Ltd, presented a brief outline of UK Border Controls and Customs Procedures Post EU Transition. Barbara explained which customs arrangements will apply to trade with the EU from 1st January 2021, where the current UK/EU Trade Agreement is, taxations and tariffs, as well as new policies regarding Northern Ireland Protocol.

Ben Dear, UK Manager for Malca-Amit UK, presented ‘Getting Ready for 2021’, in which he covered Customs Declaration advice for shipments in and out of the UK, the importance of UK EORI Number, shipping invoices and who will be liable for loss or damage during transit.

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Taran Thabal, International Services Manager at the British Jewellery & Giftware International (BJGI), shared a brief overview of what services BJGI have to offer to member companies, including the UK pavilions they organise at overseas trade fairs, and the level of funding available from DIT. The department organises overseas exhibition groups to help UK companies to sell internationally, and is recognised as a Trade Challenge Partner for the Department for International Trade, which is the UK government's export promotion arm.

Vincenzo Gallone, FMCG Specialist Adviser at the Department for International Trade (DIT), presented an overview of the DIT and the support available at, like export market guides, live export opportunities, International Trade Advisor (ITA) service and more.

Andrew Shipley, Director of M & S Solicitors talked about ‘How will Brexit affect my trading agreements?’. Andrew discussed how the new risks of importing and exporting from EU can be controlled, along with distribution agreements, protecting trade secrets, using agents and collecting debts.


Customs planning for the end of the eu transition period

  • Introduction and first steps
  • Exporting to the EU
  • Exporting to the rest of the world & importing duty rates
  • Anti-dumping duty & import VAT
  • Import charges on small packages & import declarations
  • Duty deferment account & Northern Ireland
  • Frequently asked questions

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*PDF guide only available to NAJ Members

Due to high demand from the attendees of this event, we have made the slides of the presenters also available to download:

The next NAJ Live will take place on Thursday 17th December, more details about the theme of the event will be announced soon.

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What are NAJ Lives?

The NAJ Live ‘with bubbles’ is a simple format of presentations from 3 industry experts, introduced and questioned by a knowledgeable guest host. The presentations are then followed up with a chance to see and hear from others on the call through ‘a bubble’ discussion; a structured video conference call hosted by an NAJ representative and one of the guest speakers.

When’s the next NAJ Live?

Digital NAJ Lives with bubbles take place on the last Thursday of the month, starting at 10am and moving into bubble discussions at midday. Members can register as many employees to view and replay the webinars as they see fit, although it’s important to note you can only participate in the bubbles on the day (and to be entered into the prize draw for the bottle of champagne!).

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Source: The National Association of Jewellers