17th March 2019
As part of our preparations for exiting the EU, Defra are continuing to create guidance to ensure businesses are aware of forthcoming changes and ready for 'Day 1' in case of a in a ‘no deal’ scenario.
The DEFRA Agri-Food Chain Stakeholder Engagement team have shared three key food, drink and agriculture related government communications just released. Also included, below, are tariffs, quotas and new dedicated landing pages for farming and the food & drink sectors.
1. Temporary tariff rates if the UK leaves the EU without a deal
You may be aware that, this week, the UK Government announced plans to introduce new temporary tariff rates (including tariff quotas) should the UK leave the EU without a deal on 29th March 2019. This would apply for up to 12 months while a full consultation and review on a permanent approach is undertaken.
87% of import tariffs would be set to zero from 29th March 2019 for up to 12 months. Tariffs would still apply to 13% of goods imported into the UK. The temporary tariff regime aims to minimise costs to business and mitigate price impacts on consumers, while also supporting UK producers.
You can find information about the new tariff rates and tariff quotas here on GOV.UK.
Current tariff rates will remain in place until 29th March 2019, and these can be found on the HMRC tariff tool on GOV.UK. This tool would be updated with new tariff rates if the UK leaves the EU on March 29th without an agreement.
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2. Avoiding a hard border in Northern Ireland
This week, the government has set out its approach to avoiding a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland if the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 29 March. Please find more information here.
3. Point of entry change plan by commodity in the event of a no deal exit
This slide pack sets out the changes to systems, processes and procedures that are likely to apply for Defra commodities going through UK points of entry (PoEs) between the UK and the EU in the event of a no deal exit from the EU.
Food and Drink and Farming landing pages.
DEFRA recommend that stakeholders continue to check for updated no deal guidance on our dedicated gov.uk landing page for the food and drink sector. There is also a farming sector landing page. These pages have been created to ensure that EU Exit guidance is easy to find. The landing pages combine all relevant EU Exit guidance in the case of a no deal scenario for the Food and Drink and farming sector stakeholders and are updated regularly with new no deal communications as they become live.
DEFRA would be grateful if you could distribute these communications to your members and their relevant supply chains.