Furlough possible for returnees from family leave

11 June 2020

Parents on statutory maternity and paternity leave who return to work in the coming months will be eligible for the furlough scheme even after the 10 June cut-off date, the Treasury has announced. This also includes adoption, shared parental and parental bereavement leave.

UK and Japan start trade negotiations

10 June 2020

International Trade Secretary Liz Truss and the Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs Motegi Toshimitsu have launched talks on a UK-Japan Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

Concerns that Covid-19 messages could crowd out preparation for Brexit transition

9 June 2020

The Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has expressed concerns that the Cabinet Office will not have the capability to successfully deliver campaign messages on preparations for the end of the Brexit transition period at the same time as delivering the major public health campaign on Covid-19, concluding that the campaign will crowd out messages on what needs to be done.

Government confirms quarantine plans for new arrivals

3 June 2020

All people coming into the UK, bar a short list of exemptions, will be required to complete an online locator form to supply contact details, travel details and the address of where they will self-isolate for 14 days with effect from 8 June 2020.

Electronic bills of lading could save billions

3 June 2020

The target of 50% of all bills of lading to be electronic within the next decade has been set by the Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) with the incentive being an estimated potential saving of $4 billion.

WTO highlights trade response to Covid-19 pandemic

2 June 2020

It was recently reported that a number of international bodies worked together to collect information on trade facilitation measures that were being adopted during the coronavirus pandemic (see World bodies join to develop a COVID-19 Trade Facilitation Repository).

Call for extension to Brexit transition period

1 June 2020

We reported in April that the head of the British International Freight Association (BIFA) believed that the current UK-EU transition period would be extended when the talks reached the June deadline as so little progress has been made (see Trade body argues that Brexit will be delayed).