Defra advice to farming and food & drink businesses in the event of a no deal

10th April, 2019

Although a ‘no deal’ Brexit has apparently been taken off the table, it still remains to be the legal default, and the Government has to continue to prepare for such an eventuality. Leaving without a deal means no implementation period, and changes would therefore have immediate effect from 11pm on 12 April.

Defra has produced a checklist of actions you will find helpful to consider in order to prepare your business for leaving the EU. 

  • Food and drink sector page includes information on:
    • New systems if you buy from or export to the EU, including registering for an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number
    • The 12 month temporary tariff schedule
    • Replacement trade agreements with non-EU countries
    • Changes to marketing standards, data protection and chemical regulations
    • Settlement scheme for EU employees
  • Farming sector page includes information on:
    • Farm payments and EU funding
    • Changes if you buy from or export to the EU, including registering for an EORI number
    • A raft of changes regarding the export of live animals, fish and shellfish
    • Changes to fertilisers, pesticides and chemicals regulations
    • Settlement scheme for EU employees and guidance on seasonal workers
    • The 12 month temporary tariff schedule
    • Replacement trade agreements with non-EU countries
  • Food labelling page includes information on:
    • Organics and protected geographical indicators (GIs)
    • Health marks, Country of Origin and Food Business Operator addresses
    • Please note: the EU has now published their guidance (summarised at the above link). Please ensure you have read it carefully if you export to the EU.

More detailed guidance for the food and drink / farming sector is kept up to date on gov.uk

Brian Harvey, Head of Agriculture at PKF Francis Clark, commented “Whilst there is definitely a large degree of Brexit apathy, it is important that businesses ensure that they have all bases covered and are ready for every eventuality.  To that extent these publications are well worth a read.”

Nick Farrant, Head of Food & Drink, added “At the time of writing the PM is on a tour of EU capitals trying to generate support for a short Brexit extension – what she will get is almost anyone’s guess. What we can be sure of is that:

  • The future for international trade is not getting any less complicated,
  • The competitive landscape – due primarily to tariff structures –will change; and
  • That people still need to eat and that the UK has produce and provenance to be proud of

Understanding these Defra checklists now, and taking ongoing advice, will be key in order to continue to take commercial opportunities both at home and abroad.”

Contact our Custom Duties Team Customsadvice@pkf-francisclark.co.uk for further help and advice.

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