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The world’s fourth-largest island, just off the coast of south-east Africa, Madagascar’s modest economy revolves around tourism, textiles, agriculture and mining, but still offers niche opportunities for UK trade and investment.
Everyone involved in exporting knows about the barriers to trade such as tariffs, quotas and product standards and it’s a given that, when we sell to another country, we need to understand the legal regime. However, cultural requirements can be just as important but are often much more difficult to define.
The date of the next general election remains in the hands of the Government and could be as late as January 2025 given that 17 December 2024 is the final date for the Prime Minister to call an election and 25 working days would then be needed before polling day.
We reported last month that the Government had been forced to delay a number of post-Brexit initiatives that had been due to come into force. Now comes news of a further postponement, and one which traders will welcome, as HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has announced that the Trader Support Service will not be coming to its expected conclusion but has been extended until December 2024.
The Windsor Framework has made changes to the treatment of goods that are moved to Northern Ireland (NI) from Great Britain (GB). GB is England, Wales and Scotland, while the UK is GB and NI. We summarise the timetable of changes introduced.