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HMRC moves to support customs compliance

19 February 2019

A £71 million contract has been awarded by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to support existing customs compliance work, as it moves inland pre-clearance checks to new multi-purpose sites.

Agreement set to boost EU-Asia trade

19 February 2019

The trade and investment agreements between the EU and Singapore have now received the approval of the European Parliament which has also given the green light to the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the two.

EU continues to cast its trade net wide

18 February 2019

The island States Comoros and Samoa have joined the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) between the EU and the group of countries from their respective regions. The EU now has 40 trade agreements in place with 72 countries.

UK exporters face challenging conditions

15 February 2019

With growth in the final quarter (Q4) of 2018 having fallen to 0.2%, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Brexit uncertainty and a slowing global economy are making life difficult for UK businesses.

UK signs trade continuity agreement with Switzerland

14 February 2019

Trying to ensure that the UK maintains access to the trade arrangements it currently has with up to 40 countries by way of its current EU membership is one of the Government’s main worries in the run up to Brexit (see CBI warns against losing access to EU trade deal).

UK and US reach wine and spirits agreement

13 February 2019

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has announced that its Chief Agricultural Negotiator and the UK Ambassador to the USA have signed two agreements covering wine and distilled spirits.

Ministers warned about tariff-free imports

12 February 2019

As part of its planning for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit, the Government is reportedly examining the possibility of making imports tariff-free across the board after 29 March.

Deal on post-Brexit UK-Africa trade

11 February 2019

UK businesses trading with Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) should experience no post-Brexit disruption, thanks to an agreement signed by Trade Minister George Hollingbery.

Simplified import procedures for no-deal Brexit

8 February 2019

Businesses importing from the EU are being urged to register for a new Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP) scheme in case the UK leaves on 29 March with no deal.

CBI warns against losing access to EU trade deals

8 February 2019

One of the UK’s leading employer groups has warned traders that it will not only be their links with other EU countries which will be broken in the event of a no-deal Brexit.