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).

Employers asked to pay more under furlough scheme changes

29 May 2020

While the Government is currently paying 80% of workers' salaries up to £2500 a month for some 8.4 million workers under its furlough scheme, it has made clear that it cannot continue to provide this unprecedented level of support for an indefinite period.

Guidance on accessing the Customs Grant Scheme

29 May 2020

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have created a website that provides information on the grant programme to fund employee training and IT improvements for customs intermediaries, traders and hauliers that make customs declarations.

Reminder on duty of care to drivers

28 May 2020

Driving for Better Business (DfBB), the Government campaign group which encourages work-related road safety, has reminded employers that their duty of care to drivers and other road users remains unchanged during the COVID-19 pandemic, whether drivers are working for emergency services, in public transport or food delivery.

Outdoor work and wind risks of coronavirus

26 May 2020

Scientists have been looking at the ways in which weather conditions, such as a light breeze at an outdoor work site, could affect the risk associated with the coronavirus.

WTO issues trade red warning

26 May 2020

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) is going through a very difficult phase as its Director-General, Roberto Azevêdo, has resigned a year before his term of office is due to end and US President Donald Trump continues to bar appointments to its Appellate Body.