Just before Christmas, people, and businesses from both sides of the English Channel breathed in relief: a BREXIT deal had been achieved. The new free trade agreement defined that no taxes or tariffs would be applied on goods and there would be no limits on the amounts traded (quotas) between the UK and the EU.
In this context, it seemed the situation would be very similar to what was happening before.
Nevertheless, since the 1st of January 2021 Great Britain (not all the UK) and the EU (plus Northern Ireland) are considered two independent customs regions and that has implications on the trade relations between the two parties.
A multitude of questions arose almost immediately, and importers and exporters from both sides will now have to become familiar with all the rules and procedures, to ensure smooth transactions between the two parties.
In order to help exporters from the European Union and Importers from the United Kingdom navigate the new context of the deal in place, World Footwear has prepared a practical guide, focusing on the Footwear and Leather Goods industries. The guide can be found here.
Alongside this, World Footwear will be co-organising a webinar with the BFA – British Footwear Association to go over all the most relevant details of the deal for companies from the Footwear and Leather Goods industries.
To join this webinar for free on the 14th of April 2021 at 10 am London time (11 am Paris time), click here.
During the one-hour-long webinar, the speakers will help answer questions such as:
- What are the key aspects of the deal I need to know?
- How can my shoes or bags be considered originating?
- How can an exporter issue the Statement on Origin?
- I am an importer; how do I prove how goods were obtained?
- Who will need EORI and REX numbers?
Speakers will consist of Robert Perkins, Chairman of BFA, Carmen Arias Castellano, General Secretary CEC of European Footwear Confederation, Joana Vaz Teixeira, International Relations at APICCAP, and the talk will be moderated by Lucy Reece-Raybould, Chief Executive Officer at BFA.
To register, click here.