Government consults on how workplaces can reopen

4 May 2020

Trade unions and employer organisations have been asked for their views on a draft Government plan setting out how and when anti-coronavirus restrictions can be relaxed so that more people can return to work.

Taking global trade online

1 May 2020

Companies are already beginning to prepare for trading in a post-coronavirus world, recognising that there will be major changes as a result of lessons learned during the pandemic.

Eligibility dates for Job Retention Scheme updated

1 May 2020

The Government guidance for employers on the Job Retention Scheme has been updated as of 15 April 2020. Eligibility for the Scheme has changed and the key date for eligibility is now 19 March 2020 instead of 28 February 2020.

Shipping urgent medical supplies from China

30 April 2020

The China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) has issued guidance on shipping urgent medical supplies to the UK from China advising great caution as procuring supplies is becoming ever more complex.

New requirements for entering France

30 April 2020

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) recently alerted hauliers to changes from the French authorities in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Support package will protect key trade links

29 April 2020

Vital routes for supplies will be protected through a coronavirus support package to keep the flow of goods and services running smoothly in and out of the UK, and around the country, throughout the pandemic.

Call for co-ordinated customs measures to support supply chains

29 April 2020

The International Road Transport Union (IRU) and the UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) have come together to highlight the importance of implementing coordinated customs measures to keep road transport supply chains open during the current global health crisis.

Furlough, parental and adoption leave

29 April 2020

The Government has announced that furloughed workers planning to take paid parental or adoption leave will be entitled to pay based on their usual earnings rather than a furloughed pay rate.

MPs open inquiry into impact of COVID-19 on trade

27 April 2020

The International Trade Committee has opened its inquiry examining the impact of coronavirus on international trade with a session looking at the effect on supply chains for essential medical goods including personal protective equipment (PPE). See also MPs to examine impact of COVID-19 on international trade.