BEAMA Updates

2019-10-25 Addresses required for CE marked products 

Addresses required for CE Marked Products.pdf

 

2019-09-25 EU Exit are you ready - Weekly update from BEAMA  

EU Exit and Business Readiness.docx

 

2019.17.07 BEIS survey for BEAMA members  - RoO and Notifiable Bodies - Brexit  

BEIS are asking companies to respond to 2 short surveys to help them understand the requirements of our sector for Rules of Origin and Notifiable Bodies and the impact of no-deal. 

  • RoO – Friday 26 July
  • Notified Bodies – Friday 19 July

The Notified Bodies questionnaire is of most relevance to BEAMA members.  BEIS are keen to understand the implications of Brexit and cost to our member companies in how you comply with product safety directives at an EU level.  

Rules of Origin questionnaire (EURIS).docx Notified Bodies - Key Questions.docx

 

BEIS have flagged that although receiving information from a selective membership of all constituent EURIS companies is desirable for ROO, some key information gaps exist in:

  • Pumps and Valves  (BPMA, BFPM)
  • Boards, Circuits, Switching apparatus, conductors, relays (BEAMA)
  • Cables (BCA)
  • Catering machinery (BCSA)
  • Agricultural Machinery and Toolmakers (EAMA (AEA/GTMA))

2019-04-12 EURIS and BEAMA to host webinar with update from HMRC - slides now available

EURIS and BEAMA hosted a webinar on 26th March for HMRC to provide guidance on customs processes that will apply in the event of a no-deal Brexit and that may be relevant in the event of an orderly exit from the EU. 

HMRC presentation for BEAMA-EURIS webinar

 

2019-02-28 CBI No Deal Letter

BEAMA and other industry groups joined together on 26th February  to write to the Prime Minister to express grave concerns that we share as an industry about the UK’s lack of readiness to leave the EU on 29th March 2019 if there is a no-deal Brexit.

CBI Joint letter to the Prime Minister -26th February 2019

2018-11-05 A practical guide to possible UK border changes in the event of no-deal. 

The Government have followed up the Technical Notices in the event of a “no-deal” Brexit with a more practical guide to possible .changes at the UK border.  Any BEAMA member exporting or importing or dealing with customers or suppliers who export or import will be affected.

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/752979/Partnership_pack_-_preparing_for_changes_at_the_UK_border_after_a__no_deal__EU_exit__Edition_1.1_.pdf

 

2018-10-12 Overview of the faciliated customs arrangement -  as per the chequers white paper   

The information in this paper summarises several meetings and conversations between EURIS Chairman, Dr Howard Porter, EURIS Trade advisor Andrew Willman, and various UK Civil servants from: BEIS (Business Energy and Industrial Strategy), Treasury, and HMRC (HM Revenue & Customs). This is not a paper from the UK Government, and any information is based on the interpretation of these conversations.

The facilitated Customs arrangement is a key part of the ‘Chequers White Paper’, which remains the UK Government’s position prior to negotiations with the EU. EURIS understands that there are active discussions relating to this aspect of the plan between the UK Government and the EU.

EURIS Facilitated Customs Arrangement paper Oct 2018.docx

 

2018-25-07 BEAMA meeting with BEIS -  The future of ecodesign and energy labelling - options to consider

Please find below meeting notes and questions from BEIS regarding future options for ecodesign and energy labelling regulations. This considers the new government position as set out in the white paper (see summary below), and a 'no deal' scenario.  BEIS have presented some options to us and we are keen to get member feedback on some of these questions. Please email yselkla.farmer@beama.org.uk with your comments. 

Please note these are only options at this stage and BEIS are very much looking for input from industry to consider all options. The attached notes are confidential and are not be shared.  

Eco Design and Energy Labelling post Brexit.docx

 

2018-16-07 Government Brexit White Paper now published 

HM Government has now published the ‘White Paper’ outlining their proposal for the future trading relationship between the UK and EU.

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/724982/The_future_relationship_between_the_United_Kingdom_and_the_European_Union_WEB_VERSION.pdf

We are conducting a more detailed analysis but as a preliminary some key headlines include:

  • A focus on goods, including a free trade area for goods
  • Protection of integrated supply chains and just-in-time processes
  • A ‘common rule-book’ for goods between UK and EU
  • A UK treaty commitment for ongoing harmonisation with EU rules of goods necessary for ‘frictionless trade’
  • Introduction of a ‘Facilitated Customs Arrangement’ to avoid delays or extra costs for customs clearance between UK and EU.
  • A ‘phased approach’ to the implementation of this model
  • Agreement not to impose tariffs, quotas or routine requirements for rules of origin on UK-EU trade in goods
  • Facilitation of cumulation with current and future FTA partners
  • UK seeking participation (non-voting) on EU technical committees in product regulation.
  • Retention of the ‘single standard model’ with full BSI integration in ESOs and ISO.
  • Single testing and conformity assessment for products sold on UK and EU markets.
  • Continuation of robust market surveillance and cooperation between UK and EU regulators
  • Support for businesses to send people to provide services across Europe and reciprocal provisions for intra-corporate transfers and to move and attract talent
  • Open & fair competition including enduring compliance with EU state aid and competition regimes
  • Recognition by UK courts of European Court of Justice rulings in interpretation of Regulation

We have also had some additional clarification of some of these points from UK civil servants, notably that the intention of the ‘Facilitated Customs Arrangement’ is that all additional efforts and costs for customs authorities will be on the UK side so it will not require the adoption of new IT systems or substantial additional resourcing from EU member state customs authorities.  Effectively the UK would remain in some version of the customs union until the systems and procedures could be created, which might be anticipated to take considerable time, at least 5 years.

The White Paper runs to nearly 100 pages so has much more detail on the UK government position than previously provided; nonetheless much is still in aspirational language and the specifics on how much of the proposed ambitions will work will still need a great deal further documentation.  It is fair to recognise that the ambitions reflect much of the lobbying that UK manufacturer trade associations have been carrying out, in some cases very directly reflecting positions put forward by BEAMA and the EURIS Task Force.  There are still a large number of area of concern, however, including the impossibility of dividing contracts for sale of goods from services in most sectors and we will be seeking clarification and improvements.

The continuing status of the White Paper and the positions it reflects remain to be seen and will be subject to political manoeuvring.  The response of the EU Commission is also awaited and there is expected to be continuing objections to elements of ‘cherry-picking’ as well as many other concerns.  We are working on the key issues with our European partner trade associations through Orgalime and the EURIS European Network to form a unified position for European industry as far as possible.

Any queries please contact Andrew Willman andrew.willman@beama.org.uk

 

 

Brexit Transition Period

 

BEAMA met with DExEU on Monday to discuss the current status and effect of the transition period agreement provisionally reached at the March EU Council meeting.  We confirmed our interpretation of this including the following issues affecting manufacturers:

 

  • Products on the market before the end of 31 December 2020 would continue to be tradable in either the UK or EU without further declarations or assessments being made.
  • Any EU legislation that is implemented or required to be implemented before the end of 31 December 2020 will also apply to the UK and products will be required to comply to trade into the EU
  • The UK will not have a vote on EU legislation during the transition period but will be invited to participate in meetings where the legislation will have an effect on the UK.  The guidelines for this are being worked on as it is difficult to see when there would be no effect.
  • DIT are working with the third countries with which the EU has Free Trade Agreements to try to bring into effect the aspiration of the agreement that the UK will be treated as an EU member for tariffs etc during transition.
  • EU citizens in residence currently or entering the UK during transition will continue to have rights to reside and work in the UK beyond then.
  • The main area of ongoing work is on the Ireland/Northern Ireland border issues, whose solutions (if and when found) would resolve many other outstanding issues.

 

All of the above is subject to the overall position that “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed” and much of the transition agreement text is also explicitly stated to be agreed in principle but subject to further negotiation.

 

BEAMA has been asked whether the agreement on a transition period until 31 December 2020 during which trading and regulatory conditions will remain the same has reassured members in terms of their planning.  Please email any views to andrew.willman@beama.org.uk and these will be summarised and submitted to government.

 

 

Rules of Origin  

EURIS is working closely with BEIS on the issues surrounding Rule of Origin to fully understand the impact of Brexit and the requirements for our sector in the forthcoming trade negotaitions. To protect our member’s existing and future supply chains we will need your input. 

BEAMA will be requesting information from members over the coming months. We need your input as this is business ciritcle and a fundamental part of the trade negotiations going forward.  Download the EEF Briefing on Rules of Origin below to understand how this affects you.  We will be contacting members soon.  

 Brexit-Briefing-Rules-of-Origin-web-version.pdf