No progress in Brexit talks

The third round of Brexit trade talks between the UK and EU made little progress in mid-May after they restarted via video link, with both sides blaming each other for the lack of progress. EU's Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and UK chief negotiator David Frost admitted that there had been little progress on reaching agreement on the remaining outstanding differences, the former adding that he was "not optimistic" on reaching a ... [+]

Brexit talks restart

The third round of Brexit trade talks between the UK and EU are to restart via video link ahead of a third round summit in June, the BBC reports. A fourth round of talks is scheduled to begin on 1 June and both sides are due to decide by the end ... [+]

Exporters could face paperwork mountain, warns forwarder

A customs entry for each shipment to the EU could take an hour-and-three-quarters to complete under Boris Johnson’s now ‘paused’ draft EU withdrawal agreement, says director of Leeds forwarder Tudor International Freight, Adam Johnson. He said the customs declaration form UK companies would have to provide for every consignment shipped to ... [+]

Exit decs needed for Ulster-UK cargo, says Brexit minister

Exit summary declarations will be needed for goods being exported from Northern Ireland to the UK mainland under the government's latest plans, Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay has told the Lords Exiting the EU committee, the BBC reports. It would appear to contradict earlier government assurances that the trade would be ... [+]

Be prepared, but don’t panic, Gothenburg boss tells traders

The port of Gotherburg in Sweden says it is sending out a message to the country's exporters, telling them that the must be ensure that goods are ready for customs clearance before they reach the port terminals. “If an exporter does not have everything in place, they won't get in ... [+]

Boris proposes all-island regulatory zone-updated

PM proposes all-island customs zone British Prime Minister Boris Johson is suggesting an "all-island regulatory zone" with Northern Ireland following EU rules for trade in goods in his bit to break the impasse over Brexit, the BBC reports. Checks and controls on goods entering Northern Ireland from Great Britain would not apply ... [+]

Ulster to stay in Single Market for food and industrial products?

Fine Gael senator Neale Richmond has told the BBC’s Today programme that under the PM's Brexit plans, Northern Ireland would remain in the EU single market for agri-food and industrial products, for four years. However, there would still be "additional checks" on the island of Ireland which he described as ... [+]

UK government ‘planning string of Irish border posts’

The UK government is planning to set up a network of inland clearance sites close to but not on the Northern/Ireland border says the EUObserver website, quoting a report by the Irish broadcaster RTE. The RTE says the suggestion is contained in a leaked “informal document” by the British Government. ... [+]

Summary decs needed for deepsea cargo after Brexit, says ONE

Cargo loaded in UK ports or prior EU ports and remaining on board the vessel while calling at in the UK will require an Entry Summary Declaration (ENS) to be filed in advance of the vessel’s entry into the EU after Brexit, reports container operator Ocean Network Express (ONE). The ... [+]

Government allocates EORI numbers

The Government started in mid-August to automatically allocate HM Revenue and Customs Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) numbers to prepare for a possible no-deal Brexit. Around 88,000 VAT-registered companies were expected to receive the numbers over the space of a fortnight. EORI numbers are used to process of customs entry ... [+]

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