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Wednesday 24 March 2021 @ 10:00 - 11:00


We are a few weeks on from 1st January, how are goods moving and how are traders finding the new customs formalities and border controls?

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The UK Government’s Border Operating Model (BOM) was originally published by the Cabinet Office on 13th July 2020, and subsequently updated in December. It is a 159-page plan that documents the processes and systems, across all government departments, that are now in operation at the borders of Great Britain. This has significant impacts on the flow of goods into and out of GB.


Companies engaged in trade with the EU have been grappling with this plan, to determine how it impacts their operation, and importantly, what they need to do to keep the flow of goods moving.


Importantly, the plan does not cover the flow of GB goods to Northern Ireland (NI), something that has been made ever more complex due to the Northern Ireland Protocol, negotiated as part of the EU Withdrawal Bill back in 2019. Depending on the nature of goods and whether they will or will not remain in NI (UK Customs Territory), consignments are subject to declarations, documentation and checks when they enter NI.


The 1st January 2021 marked the beginning of a significantly more complex trading landscape for UK businesses, and whilst the UK Government launched a phasing in of import requirements, export requirements to the EU were immediate, and the flow of GB-NI goods continues to be hugely problematic.


Join Andrea Collins of The Export Department for this webinar where she will be interpreting the Border Operating Model together with the various obligations involved in trading with Northern Ireland. She will be highlighting the key aspects of both, their practical implications for companies affected, and importantly how companies can adapt. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Import and export declarations and supporting documentation
  • Treatment of certain goods categories: standard, controlled, additional requirements
  • Tariffs, Origin and Claiming origin
  • Accounting for VAT and duty, easing cashflow
  • Customs Simplified Procedures
  • GB-NI declarations and documentation
  • Goods ‘at risk’
  • Regulatory impact of NI Protocol, what it means for traders


Andrea is an international trade specialist with almost 25 years’ experience in the industry. A linguist fluent in French and Spanish, Andrea specializes in Importing, exporting, Brexit preparedness, business resilience, and business growth. A passionate ambassador of UK micro businesses and SMEs, she launched The Export Department to assist these companies expand their horizons internationally and raise the profile of UK goods and services abroad. As well as supporting private clients with their international trade endeavours, Andrea delivers 1:1 support and 1:Many support for a number of Growth Hubs nationwide and is responsible for the design and delivery of a range of EU transition, international expansion, and business resilience support programmes operational across Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and the South East Midlands.

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