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Week 18/21: EU & UK customs and trade law changes

A summary of EU and UK trade law changes. Access legal text with a single click. Save time. Stay compliant. Week 18 (04.05-08.05.2021)

What we looked at

We looked at the Official Journal of the European Union. This update covers the following dates and editions:

07/05/2021 L160 L161 C173 C174 C175 C176 C177

06/05/2021 L158 L159 C170 C170A C171 C172

05/05/2021 L155 L156 L157 C168 C168I C169

04/05/2021 L154 C164 C165 C166 C167

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Vaccine Export Control prolonged

COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) 2021/734 of 5 May 2021 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/521 making specific arrangements to the mechanism making certain products subject to the production of an export authorisation. It shall apply until 30 June 2021

Syria Sanctions

The EU has replaced entry 36 to Nizar AL-ASSAD of Annex II to Regulation (EU) No 36/2012 by Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/743 of 6 May 2021 implementing Regulation (EU) No 36/2012 concerning restrictive measures because of the situation in Syria n Section. Nizar Assaad (in Arabic نزار اسعد) is a Canadian construction engineer of Syrian origin residing in Beirut, Lebanon and Dubai, UAE. He is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of LEAD Contracting & Trading Ltd, an industrial construction company operating throughout the Middle East and North Africa. LEAD is specialised in oil and gas contracting and petrochemical facilities, including treatment plants, power plants, electro-mechanical construction services, pipelines, and large-scale civil construction and engineering projects. the company is registered in Jebel Ali Free Zone in UAE. Nizar Assaad is considered to be a leading figure in the Construction and Petrochemical Industry. His listing means that there is a restriction on trading with him in the European Union.

UK Law changes

We looked at legislative changes for the UK announced under

SI 2021/550 - The Trade Act 2021 (Commencement No. 1 and Expiry Provision) Regulations 2021

These Regulations bring into force provisions of the Trade Act 2021 (c. 10) (“the Act”), the Bill for which received Royal Assent on 29th April 2021. Provisions are being introduced in stages:

· Provisions of the Act coming into force on 6th May 2021

· Provisions of the Act coming into force on 1st June 2021

· Provisions of the Act coming into force on 30th June 2021


UK Trade Agreements changes and updates

UK-Viet Nam Joint Statement

Joint Statement on the United Kingdom-Viet Nam Free Trade Agreement Entry into Force

UK and Jordan Trade Agreement comes into effect

Page summary: The agreement will ensure ambitious trade cooperation with Jordan while also securing continued preferential trade for British and Jordanian businesses and consumers helping to boost vital trade and investment.

Prime Minister announces £1 billion of new UK-India trade

New commercial trade and investment deals will create more than 6,500 UK jobs.

India-UK virtual summit, May 2021: Roadmap 2030 for a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi agreed a 2030 Roadmap which will provide a framework for UK-India relations.

WTO Trade Negotiations Committee: UK Statement

The UK’s Permanent Representative to the WTO in Geneva, Simon Manley, addressed WTO Heads of Delegation for the first time during the Trade Negotiations Committee.

UK-ASEAN factsheet

This factsheet gives an overview of the UK government’s relationship with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and our priorities in the region. Updated information on trade and investment, current institutional relationship with ASEAN and development and infrastructure.

Memorandum of understanding between the UK and Pacific states on the Economic Partnership Agreement

Memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the UK and Pacific states: Solomon Islands and Samoa.

Change made: Updated section 4: termination section of both MoUs to show that the termination date for the memorandums has been extended from 3 months to 6 months from the coming into effect.

Customs Guidance Updates

Customs Declaration Completion Requirements for Great Britain

Use this guide as a supplement when using the CHIEF and CDS trade tariffs to import and export goods to and from Great Britain after the end of the transition period.

Change made: The Tariff Volume 3 Great Britain Supplement CDS and CHIEF has been updated to notify interim requirements when entering certain document codes in CDS, when a waiver is claimed or an open licence is being declared.

Pay for imports declared using the Customs Declaration Service

How to pay what you owe if you’ve used the Customs Declaration Service to tell HMRC you’ve imported goods into the UK.

Making a full import declaration

Find out what you need to do when making a full declaration to bring or receive goods into the UK. Information about when excise duties need to be paid has been added to the ‘after you’ve submitted’ section.

Customs Declaration Completion Requirements for The Northern Ireland Protocol

Northern Ireland Protocol CDS Tariff Guide (Imports, Exports) supplementing the current version of the UK Trade Tariff: Volume 3 for CDS. Part 1 Tariff Supplement for CDS Volume 3 for the Northern Ireland Protocol page has been updated with an amendment for Interim requirements for waivers/exempt goods. Part 2 CDS Declaration Completion Requirements for The Northern Ireland Protocol page has been updated with Interim Declaration completion requirements for agri-food movements.

HMRC advises businesses importing goods from Europe

HMRC gives advice to businesses that trade with the EU on making delayed import declarations.

Notices made under the Customs (Import Duty) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018

Notices made under the Customs (Import Duty) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018 which have the force of law. Harry Needle Railroad Company (HNRC), Holbeck, Holgate and Singlewell Infrastructure Maintenance Depot have been added to ‘RAIL DEPOTS – ROLLING STOCK’.

Additional Information (AI) Statement Codes for Data Element 2/2 of the Customs Declaration Service (CDS)

Information for the Additional Information Statement Code 00600 has been amended.

Appendix 2: DE 1/11: Additional Procedure Codes of the Customs Declaration Service (CDS)

Find out the completion rules instructions for each 3-digit Union and National Additional Procedure Code that can be used in Data Element (DE) 1/11 for Imports.

Information for the Additional Information Statement Code 00600 has been amended.

Data Element 2/3: Documents and Other Reference Codes (Union) of the Customs Declaration Service (CDS)

Find the relevant document codes, document status codes and details to be declared such as licences and certificates (Appendix 5A). Added codes C089 and Y981 to relevant parts of Appendix 5A data table.

Simplified rates for bringing personal goods into the UK

Find out about the simplified rates of customs and excise duty used when you declare your personal goods online.

Attending an inland border facility

Information for heavy goods vehicle hauliers or drivers who attend an inland border facility, where customs and document checks can take place away from ports.

Change made: Guidance updated to explain that tankers or heavy goods vehicles with bulk liquid of any type are now permitted to use the Birmingham inland border facility.

Tariff stop press notices

Find out about changes to the UK Trade Tariff, Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight, Customs Declaration Service and monthly trade euro rate.

Change made: The ‘Changes to CHIEF commodity codes (Tariff stop press notice 14)’ has been added.

Changes to CHIEF commodity codes (Tariff stop press notice 14)

Find out the changes to commodity codes in the UK Trade Tariff and the Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system.

Change made:

Taking commercial goods out of Great Britain in your baggage

Check what you need to do when exporting commercial goods out of Great Britain in your accompanied baggage or small vehicle.

Import controls How the government monitors imports into the UK.

Notice to Importers 2944 for import firearms and ammunition issued on 1 April 2021 replaces Notice 2942. The changes cover information on antique firearms and end-use certificates.

UK VAT update

Notice made under The Value Added Tax Regulations 1995 as amended by The Value Added Tax (Miscellaneous Amendments, Northern Ireland Protocol and Savings and Transitional Provisions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020

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