Air conditioning and the virus

16 June 2020

A trade union safety rep has raised concern over the building’s air conditioning system, stating that it could be spreading the Covid-19 virus. Is this the case and what should we be doing to reduce the risk?

Incoterms® — difference between EXW and FCA

16 June 2020

Some of our export contracts are expressed as ExWorks Incoterms® 2010 Rules, in which case the buyers arrange for the goods to be collected from our factory, whilst others are expressed as FCA in which case the same thing happens. What is the difference?

Incoterms® 2020 — Delivered at Place (DAP)

16 June 2020

Under the new Incoterms® 2020 rules, does the term DAP (Delivered at Place) mean that the seller and supplier of goods has to also insure the goods, as well as getting them to the named place in the buyer’s country and being liable for the risk of loss or damage to them?

Requesting a furloughed employee to return

12 June 2020

As I can now reopen my workplace, I am planning to take some of my staff off furlough. How much notice do I need to give an employee to bring them back from furlough?

AEO applications and requirement for three years’ practical customs experience

12 June 2020

I know that HMRC are accepting Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) applications from EU-only traders and ring-fencing them for assessment after the UK has departed the EU at the end of the transition period. What happens if those traders do not have staff with the three years of practical customs experience needed when dealing with a third country, which is what trade with the EU27 will effectively become?

Unable to guarantee social distancing at work

11 June 2020

We have inspected our building and reviewed our work activities but we cannot guarantee employees will be at least 1m apart at all times, as set out in social distancing requirements. Can we still open the workplace?

Provision of face masks for commuting

10 June 2020

With face coverings becoming mandatory on public transport, are we, as the employer, required to provide employees travelling to work on public transport with face masks?

Checks when re-opening premises

10 June 2020

Some of our properties have been closed for the past three months. What checks should we be undertaking before opening them again?