UK/ EU trade and cooperation agreement

Organic products – reciprocal recognition

 

The Agreement establishes reciprocal recognition of equivalence of the current EU and UK organic legislation and control systems for all categories of organic products.  Organic products complying with EU law and certified by control bodies recognised by the EU will be accepted on the UK market and vice-versa. The mutual recognition of equivalence will be reassessed by end 2023 in light of new EU rules for organic products which are due to apply from 1 January 2022. 

 

 

 

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UK VAT number checking tool & deferring VAT payment

VAT number checker

HMRC’s VAT-checking tool now does real-time check that a UK VAT no. is valid, and gives name and address of the firm

Don’t assume VAT nos. on Invoices are genuine! Rogue suppliers quote fake VAT nos. to charge an extra 20% which you will not be able to recover through your VAT return.

https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-vat-number

 

Deferred VAT payments

For VAT payments deferred between 20 Mar and 30 Jun 2020, you can:

  • pay the deferred VAT by 31 Mar 2021
  • opt-in to a new deferral payment scheme (available soon), or
  • contact HMRC for more time to pay

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/deferral-of-vat-payments-due-to-coronavirus-covid-19

 

 

 

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UK/ EU trade and cooperation agreement

Road Transport

 

As of 1 January 2021, UK companies will no longer hold an EU licence or be able to perform transport services within the Union as part of the Single Market. 

 The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement provides for quota-free, point-to-point access for operators transporting goods by road between the EU and the UK. This means UK lorries will be able to reach the EU and return from the EU, including when not loaded. The same rights are conferred on EU hauliers travelling from any point in the EU to the UK, and back from the UK to anywhere in the EU. Without the Agreement, only a very small number of operators holding licences from the European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT) would have been able to conduct such journeys. 

 UK and EU trucks will also be able to perform up to two additional operations in the other Party's territory, once they have crossed the EU/UK border. This will allow EU hauliers that carry a load to the UK to perform two cabotage operations in the UK, thus limiting the risk of having to travel back to the EU without a load.  For UK hauliers, these additional operations can be composed of two cross-trade operations (i.e. transport operations between two Member States) or one cross-trade and one “cabotage” operation (i.e. a transport operation within two points of a single Member State). Special provisions are made in the case of Ireland, as Northern Irish hauliers will be able to perform two cabotage operations in Ireland. 

 The Agreement also provides for full transit rights across each other's territories (to reach third countries or other parts of their own territory). 

 

 

 

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