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11 June 2020
The UK Government has published guidance for businesses that plan to move plant or animal products to or from the EU, when the EU exit “transition period” ends in December 2020. For animal products (officially “products of animal origin” or POAO), UK importers will need to: The transition from the EU’s TRACES system to the new UK-only IPAFFS system Import through a specified b...
11 June 2020
The London Transition Board met for the first time on 09 June, chaired by Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for Housing and Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London. The board aims are to co-ordinate the capital’s emergence from lockdown conditions and return to normal operations, whilst minimising biological risk. There is also a separate London Recovery Board, with responsibility for econom...
11 June 2020
Stores selling non-essential lines will begin to re-open in England from 15 June (subject to development of safe working practices and continued progress on coronavirus). LINK A new sign has been created by Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which businesses can download, print, and display on their premises. This aims to reassure the public that safe working is being complied wit...
11 June 2020
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has issued a new version of its Economic Outlook report, giving forecasts for major markets. This is the first version of the report to take account of the coronavirus pandemic. LINK This set of forecasts is especially interesting and valuable unlike some others OBR, Bank of England they use two biological scenarios...
11 June 2020
The UK and Japan have begun trade talks, discussing terms which will apply once the EU exit transition period ends in December 2020. Talks are based upon the existing trade deal between the EU and Japan, but it is hoped that there will be expanded market access for digital businesses and small enterprises. The UK Government negotiating mandated for these talks can be found here: ...
11 June 2020
Following the global outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), IGD is working closely with the UK Government and the food industry. Here is a summary of some of the key developments we have picked up. Test and Trace Despite concerns about the potential impact on absence rates through the implementation of the test and trace programme, at present absence rates continue to be stable or re...
09 June 2020
The Chief Medical Officer in Scotland has announced that those people shielding should continue to do so until at least the end of July Click here for further details In Wales, the Chief Medical Officer has advised that shielding should continue until the 16 August 2020. Click here for further details. In England, the current 12-week period during which those who are being shielde...
09 June 2020
The Chief Medical Officer for Wales has advised that shielding should continue until the 16 August 2020. A letter is being sent to everyone in Wales who is shielding to tell them this and what to do next. This applies to all those identified as being at high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (due to a serious underlying health issue). See LINK for further details. In Engla...
09 June 2020
The Scottish government has announced that an additional £1.6 million will be provided for the food distribution network FareShare. For more details, click here
09 June 2020
Business Secretary Alok Sharma will lead five special groups ‘recovery round tables’ tasked with steering the recovery of UK businesses after the coronavirus emergency. The groups will include representatives of businesses, trade organisations and academics. Responsibilities will be as follows: The future of the industry – Innovation, research and development Green recovery – ...