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Posted Tue, 09 Feb 2021 12:06:19 GMT by HM Government Admin1
Q.1 Our forwarder is complaining that its taking upto 6 hours to get messages back from CHIEF - are there any updates on how well its functioning? A. There are no current issues reported with CHIEF. However, we are aware CHIEF was unavailable on 05/02/21 due to a system restart being required. It was offline for 13 minutes around lunchtime and the problem resolved immediately but the cause is being investigated- heightened active monitoring of the service is currently in place.  
Posted Tue, 09 Feb 2021 12:07:33 GMT by HM Government Admin1
Q.2 Is there any update on the letter from Chancellor of Duchy of Lancaster to the European Commission last week about NI? ( We are particularly interested in plants etc) A. The Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee co-chairs held a virtual meeting on 03/02/21 with the First Minister and deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland. European Commission Vice-President Mr Šefčovič and the UK Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster reiterated their full commitment to the Good Friday (Belfast) Agreement. After a constructive discussion amongst all parties, European Commission Vice-President Mr Šefčovič and the UK Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster concluded that the EU and the UK would immediately work intensively to find solutions to outstanding issues, to be addressed through the Joint Committee.
Posted Tue, 09 Feb 2021 12:08:12 GMT by HM Government Admin1
Q.3 You mention 'key sectors', do you have a set list of which those are, or is that purely by volume/value?
Posted Tue, 09 Feb 2021 12:09:12 GMT by HM Government Admin1
Q.4 Is there an update on new Border facilities being ready for 1st July? A. BPDG has been clear in communications with ports that responsibility for ensuring that trade can continue to flow through borders once we have left the EU sits with ports and port operators, and that thinking about the necessary infrastructure that needs to be put in place should already have been part of ports’ long term planning. We will continue to engage with stakeholders and all updates will be publicly available on https://www.gov.uk/transition
Posted Tue, 09 Feb 2021 12:10:24 GMT by HM Government Admin1
Q.5 We are trying to gauge the number of extra customs intermediaries needed. Are there any figures from HMRC indicating the increase in Import and Export entries between 2020 and 2021? A. Recent survey data has shown the logistics sector expected to see a near fourfold increase in their ability to process declarations and that there are intermediary businesses who currently have spare capacity. Alleged media reports of 50,000 is an arbitrary industry calculation - it is not and never has been a Government target. The Government has also invested £84millon so that customs intermediary businesses could boost their capacity.
Posted Tue, 09 Feb 2021 12:11:11 GMT by HM Government Admin1
Q.6 We are receiving increasing numbers of questions about non-manipulation certificates. According to public notices, HMRC issue these. However, there is a lack of clarity as to how/whom etc this will work in real life. A. Further detail can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-your-goods-meet-the-rules-of-origin
Posted Tue, 09 Feb 2021 12:11:52 GMT by HM Government Admin1
Q.7 Is there a ""reasonable worst case scenario"" (RWCS) for the disruption that might be caused by the new requirements from 1 April and 1 July...pre-notification, health certificates, physical inspection etc?

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