DEFRA Agri-Food Chain Government Communications: w/c 09.09

DEFRA Agri-Food Chain Government Communications: w/c 09.09

  • DEFRA Agri-Food Chain Government Communications: w/c 09.09

    The UK will leave the EU on 31 October. As part of our preparations for exiting the EU, we are continuing to create guidance to ensure businesses are aware of what they need to do to prepare for Brexit.


    Agri-Food businesses should ensure that they are prepared for EU Exit and continue to visit GOV.UK for guidance.


    Specific guidance for food and drink businesses is available on the Food and Drink GOV.UK landing page, including advice for importers and exporters of animal products, and advice about food labelling, tariffs, data protection and more.


    As a Defra stakeholder, the Agri-Food Chain Stakeholder Engagement Team would like to share this information with you, and highlight new guidance from this week. Please find this information below.


    1. Events and webinars to help you prepare for Brexit

    There are several opportunities to access support and guidance to help you prepare for Brexit.


    1. Brexit Business Readiness Events

    The Government is arranging Brexit Business Readiness Events across the UK to help you prepare, starting Monday 16 September. Join us at a free event in your area to meet government advisers and to find out what actions your business needs to take to prepare.

    The events will combine a keynote address, interactive support, advice stands and in-depth sessions led by subject matter experts. They will provide you with specific business-focused advice and help.

    Register to attend an event at:


    1. DIT Get ready for Brexit business-facing workshops

    As part of ongoing support for businesses, the Department for International Trade are running a series of events to help exporters to get ready for Brexit on 31 October. These events will be particularly useful for businesses who are exporting to the EU.

    You’ll leave the event with a personalised action plan to prepare your business for Brexit. DIT will talk about impact to supply chains, changes to regulations and contracts, where to find tariff information, and what you might need to speak to customers and employees about, among a range of other topics.

    See dates, locations and sign up - limited registration place available.


    1. HMRC Getting ready for Brexit webinars

    HMRC are running a number of webinars for UK businesses involved in the movement of goods between the EU and the UK.

    Find out what you need to know to keep importing and exporting by signing up for a webinar.


    1. New and updated guidance


    1. Preparing hauliers and commercial drivers for Brexit

    This week, the Department for Transport launched a new campaign to help hauliers and commercial drivers get ready for Brexit and ensure they have what they need from traders to get through border customs smoothly.

    Hauliers and commercial drivers should make sure they have the correct documentation to travel to, from or through the EU when the UK leaves the EU.

    Read the handbook for more information on GOV.UK (published 9 September).


    1. EORI mythbuster

    An Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number is a unique customs ID for businesses.

    To help you get ready for Brexit, HMRC have published an EORI mythbuster (published 9 September) which dispels common misconceptions about EORI numbers.

    We also have resources to help you prepare for importing and exporting after Brexit.


    1. Trade continuity agreement with six African nations

    On Tuesday, 10 September, the UK agreed trade continuity with six African nations. This Economic Partnership Agreement with the Southern African Customs Union and Mozambique (SACU+M) will allow business to keep trading freely after Brexit.

    Total trade in agri-food between the UK and SACU+M countries was £1.02 billion in 2018 (Note: 2018 data is subject to revision). The UK-SACU+M Economic Partnership Agreement will be subject to final checks before it is formally signed.

    Read the full press release and find out which other trade agreements will be in place after Brexit on GOV.UK (updated 12 September).


    In addition, the details of the trade continuity agreement between the UK and South Korea have been published on GOV.UK (updated 11 September).


    1. UK employers sending workers to the EU, EEA or Switzerland

    If your employee is working in the EU, EEA or Switzerland and has a UK-issued A1/E101 form, they will remain subject to UK legislation for the duration of the period shown on the form.

    However, if the date of their form goes beyond 31 October, please contact the relevant EU, EEA or Swiss authority to confirm whether your employee needs to start paying social security contributions in that country from that date, as well as National Insurance contributions in the UK.

    Find out how to do this at GOV.UK (published 4 April).


    1. News and resources


    1. Food and drink showcase dropbox with shareable resources

    Click here or copy this link into a compatible browser (Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Safari) to view the new Food and Drink sector showcase dropbox:

    We encourage you to download these assets for use on your own channels.

    The animal origin process map available in the dropbox will be uploaded to GOV.UK shortly – we will signpost you to the relevant pages when it is available.

    You are welcome to host the process maps on your own websites. For the purpose of tracking and evaluation, we would appreciate if you could let us know if you decide to do this by replying to this email.


    1. Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) publish call for evidence

    On 24 June 2019, the Home Secretary commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to advise on the future system of salary thresholds and the level at which they could be set. 

    On 24 July 2019, Boris Johnson was appointed as the new Prime Minister of the UK. In his first statement to Parliament, the PM declared that one of his priorities was to review the current immigration system and look to introduce an ‘Australian-style’ points-based system (PBS) after Brexit.

    Following this announcement, the Home Secretary officially commissioned the MAC on the 3 September 2019 to research and provide evidence-based recommendations on how this system could work in the UK.

    These two commissions have been combined and a call for evidence has now been published for a Salary Threshold and Points-Based System commission. This call for evidence can be found at (published 10 September)

    The evidence provided by stakeholders is very important to inform the MAC’s work. You are invited to provide your evidence for the MAC using the following online form:

    To support the analytical evidence, the MAC Secretariat will be arranging meetings and visits with stakeholders during and following the call for evidence period. They will also host sector-based meetings and engage on a regional level.

    The deadline to submit your evidence is 5 November 2019.

    If you have further questions, contact the MAC at:  or telephone: 020 7035 1764


    1. Correction to last week’s email

    In the section on Food Labelling, the email with the subject ‘Agri-Food Chain Government Communications: w/c 02.09’ included a line which read: “The UK government is aiming to give businesses until December 2020 to make this change.”

    This should have been: “The UK government is aiming to give businesses 21 months from exit day to make this change.”

    The information on GOV.UK included the accurate transition period.


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