DEFRA Agri-Food Chain Government Communications: w/c 16.09

DEFRA Agri-Food Chain Government Communications: w/c 16.09

  • DEFRA Agri-Food Chain Government Communications: w/c 16.09

    We are continuing to create and share guidance to ensure businesses are aware of what they need to do to prepare for Brexit as we move closer to 31 October.


    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.


    In addition, this email includes links to shareable resources like our updated Food and Drink sector leaflet to help you share guidance with your members and communities, and information about how you can access government support and advice through events, webinars and a new helpline for traders and hauliers.


    Please forward this email to your members and other relevant audiences.


    1. Events, webinars and support


    1. Ongoing events – new dates and locations

    Further dates have been confirmed for the Brexit Business Readiness events, DIT workshops, and HMRC webinars. Please follow the links below for full details.


    1. New Brexit helpline for traders and hauliers

    A new cross-Government telephone helpline launched this week, specifically for UK traders and hauliers exporting to and importing from the EU. The helpline will provide up-to-date signposting and guidance on arrangements for goods crossing the UK / EU border after Brexit, through a single point of enquiry. The helpline with cover issues such as:

    • Requirements of the trader (e.g. customs declarations, export health certificates, controlled goods licenses/permits).
    • Requirements of the haulier (e.g. trailer registrations, international driving permits).
    • Other pre-requisites to trade (e.g. Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number).
    • Import easements (e.g. Transitional Simplified Procedures).


    The helpline launched on Monday 16 September and lines are open 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday. The number is 0300 3301 331.


    1. New and updated guidance


    1. Process maps for exporting your goods after Brexit

    The process maps on how to export your goods to the EU are now available to view and download on GOV.UK.


    1. Risk analysis process

    The FSA has published information on their risk analysis process, as well as guidance for businesses on submitting regulated products for authorisation if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

    The following information is available on


    1. Health and Identification Marks

    Businesses that use health and identification marks on products of animal origin (such as meat and dairy) are reminded to check the changes that will need to be made to the marks after Brexit.

    Please visit (updated 13 September) for the latest guidance to help your business prepare.


    1. Importing and exporting wine if there’s a no-deal Brexit

    The guidance for wine importers and exporters has been updated with information about wines from Chile, Australia and the United States (updated 20 September)


    1. News and resources


    1. Food and drink showcase dropbox with shareable resources

    Last week we shared our Food and Drink sector showcase dropbox, which includes our latest marketing assets. Click here or copy this link into a compatible browser (Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Safari):

    We are re-sharing this link as the new Food and Drink sector leaflet is now live. We encourage you to share this widely with your members and stakeholders.


    1. Social media toolkit for the ‘Get Ready’ campaign

    The Department for Exiting the European Union has shared resources to help trade associations and local organisations inform their communities and encourage people to take action to prepare for Brexit. These include online graphics, posters, and a guide to writing calls to action. These resources are available to download and use.


    1. UK advances preparations for new UK-Japan economic partnership

    The UK government has today (Friday 20 September) launched an online ‘call for input’ to prepare for trade negotiations with Japan after Brexit. 


    Businesses, interest groups and members of the public across the whole of the UK will have the opportunity to tell the government what their priorities are for our future trade relationship with Japan. The call for input will be open for six weeks, until the 4th November 2019, and anyone can take part online. Further details can be seen in the press release here.


    We would encourage you to take part to ensure government considers all views on our future trading relationship with Japan. Included in the online consultation is an information pack about how the UK and Japan currently trade under the EU-Japan EPA.


    1. Reminder: Migration Advisory Committee Call for Evidence

    In June 2019, the government commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to carry out an in depth analysis of potential future salary thresholds and the range at which they could be set. The MAC published their Call for Evidence regarding the salary threshold and points-based system (PBS) on 10 September, and the Consultation closes at 9am on 5th November.


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