Covid-19 Business Support
UK Government is constantly developing and adapting its support initiatives, see https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support
Brexit Business Readiness
Agreements reached between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the European Union
From January 1 2021 Trade rules change
BVAA members need to adhere to the new trade rules which came into force on 1 January 2021.
The changes will impact many areas from import tariffs and custom declarations, through to immigration rules and travelling for business.
You should find all the answers at GOV.UK/transition.
UK Gov Marking Guides:
N.B. Not all Govt. guidance listed on this website has yet been updated to reflect the pushed-back UKCA implementation date.
Using the UKCA Marking
UKCA Step By Step Guide
UKNI Step By Step Guide
Market Surveillance & Compliance Directive 2019/1020
EU Regulation on Market Surveillance and Compliance of Products (2019/1020)
Market Surveillance and Compliance Directive
Article 4 Guide MSC
Flow Charts on How to Import and Export Goods:
On Demand Videos
The Government has issued a series of on demand videos to help businesses familiarise themselves with the new rules and the actions that they should take. Eighteen topics are covered, including importing and exporting, Rules of Origin, trade, data, and audit and accounting. You will need to Register to access the video content.
Guidance on Placing CE Marked PED Stock on the GB Market
BVAA Brexit Guidelines
BVAA Brexit ATEX Guidelines
Market Surveillance Directive 2019/1020
Guidance on Material Suppliers PED & UKCA Marking
PCN NDT Certification Gains PED Accreditation
PCN certification meets requirements of EU Pressure Equipment Directive (PED)
Post Brexit Summary of Required Economic Operators by Route to Market under PED / PER
OPSS Product Safety Guides ATEX, Electrical, Machinery, Pressure Equipment, etc.
The Office for Product Safety and Standards. Tel: 0121 345 1201 Opening hours: Monday-Friday 8.00-18.00
Electrical Equipment: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/936348/Guide-to-electrical-equipment-regulations-2016.pdf
Pressure Equipment: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/935739/Guide-to-pressure-equipment-regulations-2016.pdf
Simple Pressure Vessels: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/936096/Guide-to-simple-pressure-vessels-regulations-2016.pdf
Rules of Origin (RoO) in the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement FAQs
Valve-specific rules of origin examples and answers
Valve-specific rules of origin slides
Rules of Origin - Questions asked at the Business Transition Forum - 21 January 2021
- To give feedback on Tariffs see Gov.uk page, this invites stakeholders to provide feedback back to a dedicated email – Tariff.Monitoring@trade.gov.uk.
- What is the tariff on [X] from [Y] country?” See: https://www.gov.uk/trade-tariff
(N.B. After ‘Start now’ you can Search for ‘Valve’ in the search box at the top of the page – select ‘valves for boilers, pipes, tanks etc’ option - and it takes you straight to the 8481 series of Valve Commodity Codes (to find the proposed tariff). Our industrial valve products however typically start with 8481 and you can quickly scroll to these after getting to the Valves section. Be sure to click the arrows to go through sub-headings. If you don’t end up with a ‘Third country duty of 2%’ you’ve probably not clicked through all the arrow options)
- “I need help classifying my goods” See: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/ask-hmrc-for-advice-on-classifying-your-goods
Or for further info, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- “I would like to apply for a suspension or relief” See: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/duty-suspensions-and-tariff-quotas
For anything further, email: email@example.com
- Anything on unfair trade and dumping, see: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-uk-trade-remedies-investigations-process
- For questions on customs procedures, including exporting goods, see: https://www.gov.uk/check-duties-customs-exporting
- Businesses that export goods into the UK should visit the Trade with the UK online tool. The tool provides product-specific information about taxes, tariffs, commodity codes and regulations. It also provides dual tariff information for goods going into Northern Ireland.
UK Market Conformity Assessment Bodies
Services provision in the EU
This is a topic still currently subject to negotiation in a proposed FTA with the EU, but there are likely to be some changes regardless.
UK Trader Scheme – Moving Goods GB & NI
Borders & Trading
Rules of Origin guidance document: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/rules-of-origin-for-goods-moving-between-the-uk-and-eu-from-1-january-2021
International Fund for SMEs – Now Open
BOM The Border Operating Model: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-border-operating-model
HMRC National Clearance Hub supports border movements. This will continue to operate 24/7 through the Christmas and New Year period. Contact details are: 0300 322 7900. More info here.
HMRC Customs & International Trade Helpline. Customs declarations, Simplified customs procedures, duties and tariffs. They have scaled up capacity to handle the vast majority of operational queries. The helpline operates via 0300 322 9434 and has webchat capability via GOV.uk: here.
HMRC Borders support for businesses that have questions around a specific consignment that is already live in transit. These queries may be more time sensitive and the borders operational teams will focus on ensuring those goods progress through clearance smoothly. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Appointing a customs intermediary
Arranging customs procedures
Authorised Economic Operator Status
Zero-rated VAT goods
Accessing HMRC Systems
Common Transit Convention, Customs Comprehensive Guarantee or become a consignor
Common Transit Convention
Customs Comprehensive Guarantee
Potential Duties and Customs Procedures
Duties and customs procedures
National Export System (NES)
Purchasing the right software
Accessing and Using HMRC Systems
Rules of Origin
Controlled / Dual-use Goods
Prior informed consent