EU Exit – Update for exporters
Latest figures from FIRA’s Statistics Digest (2018) show that furniture exports continued to grow in recent years from £0.89 billion (2015) to £1.14 billion (2017) and it is predicted that this will grow further to an estimated £1.2 billion in 2018. It is therefore essential for industry to understand the potential changes that Brexit may bring and how this impacts the export of furniture and furnishing products around the world.
Support for exporters is available via new guidance, published by the Department for International Trade (DIT), explaining changes for UK exporters to various countries in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
Information by country is available by clicking on the below:
Workforce and people
UK Visas and Immigration updated guidance on how to apply for an administrative review under the EU Settlement Scheme. Details of the admin review process can be found at: EU Settlement Scheme Apply for an Administrative Review
The Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) recently announced that the UK and Switzerland have reached an agreement on transitional migration arrangements in the event of a no deal Brexit. Further details can be found at: UK Swiss Transitional Migration Arrangements for a No Deal Scenario
The Home Office has issued recently updated guidance on the EU Settlement Scheme, ID document scanner locations with further ID Document scanner locations added. Details of all scanner locations can be found at: EU Settlement Scheme ID Document Scanner Locations
BEIS Sector Primers
A series of sector primers covering key industry areas are available via the “.gov” website which aim to bring together on one webpage the top 3 – 5 issues for each sector and provide guidance.
The primers link through to more detailed material elsewhere on the government’s website and are regularly updated. Relevant sectors can be found at:
- Consumer Goods
- Electronics, Machinery & Parts
- Parcel Delivery Services
- Professional & Business Services
Business Readiness Forum
Over the last few months, representatives from FIRA have been attending the weekly Business Readiness Forum meetings at BEIS, bringing both members and non-members the latest information on Brexit and government planning in the event of a no-deal scenario.
The next forum meeting will take place on Thursday 16th May and further detail on the content will be circulated nearer the time. As ever should FIRA Members have any questions or queries they would like posed to the panel on your behalf, please contact Suzie Radcliffe-Hart firstname.lastname@example.org.
A meeting summary, links to relevant information and Q&A will be posted after the meeting.