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Brexit Weekly Digest - 30 July

This week the UK and EU continue to find a solution to the Northern Ireland protocol, with a renegotiation ruled out by EU. Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce (GMCC) shares information to help businesses understand new importing regulations and declaration procedures, and GOV.UK is hosting a series of webinars for food and drink importers.

UK rejects EU’s Northern Ireland moves, saying Brexit deal must be renegotiated

Last week, the UK government published its proposals for a renegotiation of the Northern Ireland Protocol. In the proposal, it also asked for a standstill period, which would involve pausing the legal action and extending so-called grace periods. The EU responded saying it would not consider a renegotiation, but will “consider any proposals that respect the principles" of the deal, which may include the standstill period (BBC News).

A European Commission spokesperson said, “In order to provide the necessary space to reflect on these issues and find durable solutions to the implementation of the protocol, we have decided at this stage not to move to the next stage of the infringement procedure, started in March”.


Importers – take action NOW to remain compliant

The Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce (GMCC) has written a blog to raise awareness amongst importers about the new requirements on declaration procedures. If you need advice or help completing your customs declarations, the GMCC Chamber Customs team is at hand to help.


Webinars for importers of food and drink products from the EU to Great Britain

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is hosting a series of free webinars in August and September focusing on the changes to importing food and drink, including composite food and fishery products, happening from 1 October 2021.

The webinars will explain how to meet the new requirements, provide links to further guidance, and give you the opportunity to your questions answered by Defra officials.

Importing products of animal origin (POAO)

Importing animal by-products

Importing composite products

Importing groupage loads

Import of products, animals, food and feed system (IPAFFS)

Submit an import notification in IPAFFS

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