The Brexit Business Taskforce meets to identify challenges facing traders and find solutions to outstanding issues.
The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Michael Gove has chaired a meeting of the Brexit Business Taskforce today with leaders of the UK business community from the CBI, FSB, IoD, BCC and Make UK. He has reaffirmed the government’s commitment to help companies adjust to new trading rules with the EU that have been in effect for nearly a month.
According to official reports overall businesses have adapted well to the changes at the UK’s border. The latest data shows that border traffic is increasing day by day and there is no disruption at UK ports. The level of compliance is also very high with turnbacks stable at less than 5% of total traffic – either for failing to meet customs requirements or lack of a negative COVID test. Over the past week (19-25 January) there have been 371 enforcement notices issued either for failure to have a KAP or to comply with traffic management requirements.
While traders on the whole are managing the changes well, the government says it knows some businesses are facing challenges with some of the new rules that are now in place.
The Government says that is why they are:
- Meeting businesses from specific sectors across all parts of the UK weekly through the Brexit Business Taskforce chaired by Michael Gove;
- Managing dedicated HMRC exporting telephone and online helplines. The number is 0300 322 9434 and businesses can also speak to an adviser online at tax.service.gov.uk.
- Running regular webinars with policy specialists;
- Providing the Brexit Checker Tool on gov.uk which gives businesses a personalised list of actions that they need to take;
- Offering face-to-face support for exporters in delivered via a network of around 300 International Trade Advisers (ITAs);
- Setting up a taskforce with businesses and the devolved administration in Scotland to understand and address any practical issues facing Scottish businesses, including the seafood sector; and
- Offering support to businesses moving goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland through its Trader Support Service.
The above is in addition to a range of other support schemes available to businesses which include a guarantee scheme aimed at SMEs which means the government can provide an 80% guarantee on financial support from lenders to help with general exporting costs, up to the value of £25 million.
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Michael Gove, said:
Ahead of the Brexit Business Taskforce meeting, BCC Director General Adam Marshall said: