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Posted Fri, 30 Jul 2021 12:02:04 GMT by HM Government Admin1
Q.41 Will the operational testing consider looking at more difficult issues, such as mixed up multiple consignments not palletised (adding delays in examination times) and will it also consider the process when something is found to be wrong, what happens for goods not released? A. The BPDG Ops Testing team are currently developing this level of detail into our test scenarios and aim to incorporate as many complexities, such as groupage and mixed loads, as possible into the testing programme this year.
Posted Fri, 30 Jul 2021 12:02:42 GMT by HM Government Admin1
Q.42 We understand that the 1 Jan 2022 date is set. There will be issues with NPPOs not open to provide the necessary phytos for pre-notification. This was an issue previously over holiday period, will the UK provide an easement for UK importers of plants/plant products? Appreciate that this is a policy question. A. There are currently no plans in place to implement an easement for phytosanitary certificates following 1 January 2022. However, the UK government remains focused on delivering electronic certification (‘ePhyto’) as a solution for both the import and export of plants and plant products in the long term. This is DEFRA's priority for the next stage of development following the implementation of the new IT services in 2021 and will eliminate the need for paper certificates. Our intention is to have this delivered for imports by the end of 2021.
Posted Fri, 30 Jul 2021 12:03:10 GMT by HM Government Admin1
Q.43 A question in respect of earlier slot from DEFRA. Is there any update on levels of SPS checks on different commodity types? A. The level of physical and identity checks from January 2022 will be proportionate and based on assessments of biosecurity and public health risks. POAO, germinal products and ABP imported from the EU will be subject to a minimum level of checks. Some commodities, such as shellfish and certain ABPs, will be subject to higher minimum check levels. PHAs have been informed of the minimum % levels to be checked.
Posted Fri, 30 Jul 2021 12:04:42 GMT by HM Government Admin1
Q.44 Will the portal help companies understand the rules of origin for the product entered onto it, if the UK has a trade agreement with the country of origin? A. Rules of Origin is one of the areas of complexity for traders that user testing has identified, and we are therefore seeking to ensure our guidance service assists users to understand the requirements. We are working closely across departments to ensure that this and other complex areas are included in the guidance service.
Posted Fri, 30 Jul 2021 12:05:04 GMT by HM Government Admin1
Q.45 The CHIEG tool has much clearer descriptions for document codes (CDS Appendix 5A) - Could these explanations be added to Appendix 5A for ease of understanding and reference? A. Thank you for this suggestion, we will take this consideration to the HMRC - CDS team
Posted Fri, 30 Jul 2021 12:05:45 GMT by HM Government Admin1
Q.46 Given you will now be effectively giving people a commodity code will this be accepted as HMRC giving guidance that is binding on tariff classification? A. CHIEG is not a classification service. It does not give people a commodity code and states in the service that 'you must use the right commodity code'. CHIEG signposts users to the Trade Tariff to look up their goods classification and also has a link to HMRC guidance if they need more help, including how to apply for HMRC's binding classification service.
Posted Fri, 30 Jul 2021 12:06:11 GMT by HM Government Admin1
Q.47 As this is guidance - will there be a service similar to a BTI/ATR available? A. No, CHIEG is not a classification service. We have a link to HMRC guidance including how to apply for HMRC's binding classification service.
Posted Fri, 30 Jul 2021 12:06:52 GMT by HM Government Admin1
Q.48 With regards to the CHIEG where can i find the link to the page for help with classification / license requirements? A. Classification: The question 'What is the commodity code for your goods?' has a link to Ask HMRC for help classifying your goods. Licences: The page links for licence requirements are responsive and depend on the goods. After you've specified which country you're importing from and commodity code, the licence requirements and links are on the results page section 'Check licences, certificates and restrictions'.
Posted Fri, 30 Jul 2021 12:07:22 GMT by HM Government Admin1
Q.49 It sounds as if DAS is promising similar benefits to STW. Is DAS a first iteration of STW? If not, how are they related? Trust they're being joined up? A. DAS is a similar concept to STW but the ambition for STW goes further than what will be achieved in DAS. All are working towards the same goal and are complimentary services.
Posted Fri, 30 Jul 2021 12:08:37 GMT by HM Government Admin1
Q.50 The EU is developing its equivalent of the single window - given that our trade is so intertwined will the joint committees under the Trade Agreement with the EU be used for ensuring that the systems are not completely developed in isolation and are effective in interacting? A. We want to ensure that UK traders and passengers experience the benefits of advanced, interoperable borders worldwide. The 2025 Border Strategy set out our ambition to work with our international partners to make our border systems interoperable wherever this is practical and will support users.
Posted Fri, 30 Jul 2021 12:09:22 GMT by HM Government Admin1
Q.51 When will travel be possible for people fully vaccinated in the EU? A. "The government is taking a phased approach to amending requirements and is already exploring plans to remove quarantine for vaccinated non-UK residents arriving from amber countries later this summer, where it is safe to do so. In the meantime, the Test to Release scheme scheme remains an option for non-fully vaccinated travelers returning from amber countries to shorten their quarantine period. The Transport Secretary has said that we want to welcome international visitors back to the UK and are working to extend our approach to vaccinated passengers from important markets and holiday destinations later this summer, such as the United States and the European Union. See here:
Posted Fri, 30 Jul 2021 12:10:28 GMT by HM Government Admin1
Q.52 We're hearing reports of EU citizens with settled status being asked to prove SS at the border with the confirmation code from the EUSS portal. Some transport providers are now telling passengers to get this code before travel. Was this not supposed to be automated? A. EU, EEA and Swiss citizens who have been granted digital status under the EUSS will not be routinely required to provide evidence of this at the UK border as status information will be checked automatically where the individual is travelling on a document which they used to apply to the EUSS or have registered on their UKVI account. Where an individual travels on a document which is not known to the Home Office, further checks will be conducted at the Primary Control Point to verify status. Individuals should register all documents that they intend to use for travel purposes onto their UKVI account. A person with pre -settled status or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme should continue to use their valid passport noting that from 1st October 2021t, ID cards will no longer be accepted for most EU nationals as a valid travel document except where the holder has applied to the EU Settlement Scheme or otherwise has protected rights under the Citizens’ Rights Agreements. EU nationals who do not hold pre-settled status or settled status can still travel to the UK for holidays or short trips without needing a visa. Further guidance can be found here:
Posted Fri, 30 Jul 2021 12:11:01 GMT by HM Government Admin1
Q.53 In the past e gates couldn't be used by children - is this going to change? For families travelling together? A. E-Passport gates were originally restricted to eligible passengers 18 years and over. However since 2016, children aged 12 to 17 and travelling with an adult can use ePassport gates at certain airport terminals. Children under the of 12 cannot use e-passport gates for safeguarding reasons. Those travelling with ID cards cannot use the eGates.
Posted Wed, 04 Aug 2021 09:40:35 GMT by HM Government Admin1
Q.54 Can BPDG / Cabinet Office please bear down on the Home Office and Ministry and Justice to stop changing and adding to specifications to BCPs so ports can get them finished please? A. BPDG's Single Points of Contact are willing to represent the concerns of ports to the government departments and agencies who will use BCPs and other facilities, to ensure that the requirements of those agencies are understood and agreed between all parties as efficiently as possible.
Posted Wed, 04 Aug 2021 09:48:14 GMT by HM Government Admin1
Q. 55 The driver shortage in NI is at a critical level and I've raised this with the Driver & Vehicle Testing Agency, the Infrastructure Minister and the Economy Minister given that DVA have no obvious plans to address the lack of testing capacity to address this. They are obviously not interested in addressing this as no-one has responded despite the issue being raised months ago! Lord Agnew needs to raise his concerns with the Secretary of State Brandon Lewis to get the local executive to actually do something where they are adding to the problem! A. On Tuesday 20th July, the Government announced a package of measures to help tackle the Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) driver shortage. Ministers have pledged to work with industry leaders to attract new drivers, simplify training and encourage people to stay in the industry. On measures related to driver testing, the Driver and Vehicles Standards Agency (DVSA) are continuing to take action to maximise testing capacity and increase the throughput of successful passes per week. To sustain this increase and potentially raise it further still, the Government will consult on changes to the driving testing process on practical improvements to speed up recruitment. Further details on the package of measures can be found here: Along with the open letter to the road haulage sector which can be found here:
Posted Thu, 05 Aug 2021 14:09:29 GMT by HM Government Admin2
Q. 56 The presentations appear to apply for meat products only - please advise your groupage solutions for import of fruit ,veg flowers and plants. A. DEFRA are currently reviewing their guidance regarding groupage import scenarios. This will be communicated to trade and stakeholders in due course.
Posted Thu, 05 Aug 2021 14:10:12 GMT by HM Government Admin2
Q. 57 So when will the relevant info for fresh produce etc be available? A. Defra are in the process of developing guidance for inspection of mixed load consignments and how they will be carried out in line with service standards. More information will follow shortly.
Posted Fri, 06 Aug 2021 09:46:35 GMT by HM Government Admin1
Q.58 If there a flier created to circulate to EU hauliers that could be shared so we can send to our supplier base to encourage the take up? (of GVMS) A. HMG are looking at developing additional communications products to underline the actions hauliers need to take.
Posted Fri, 06 Aug 2021 09:47:02 GMT by HM Government Admin1
Q.59 Increased freight costs (Suez) and EU Exit are affecting the supply of Health & Social Care products that support hospital discharge. Will the DHSC be looking at this issue from a national perspective? A. International container freight markets continue to receive high levels of demand on a global level and this is now predicted to continue throughout 2021.As a result international supply chains remain under tension, with very little slack in the system, driving operational difficulties such as delays, diversions, and capacity constraints.The Suez Canal incident, continued global congestion at ports, and disruption at key Chinese ports has led to sustained operational problems and hampered recovery.Nevertheless, the Department for Transport and partners across Government have worked closely with the freight industry to manage the challenges supply chains have faced, where possible.This positive engagement and dialogue is continuing throughout 2021 and Government will continue to monitor the market and explore opportunities to engage further on a wider, international level.
Posted Wed, 18 Aug 2021 08:09:39 GMT by HM Government Admin1
Q. 60 Why after all this time is the BOM still not correct? It is not accurately reflecting the picture of port customs models (BOM 28-29) A. BPDG are happy to discuss what aspect of the picture of port customs models in pages 28-29 of the updated BOM does not meet stakeholder requirements. Please could you provide more specific detail by writing to us at :

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