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International Trade Week launched to support new exporters
The Department for International Trade (DIT) announces the first International Trade Week to take place between 15th - 19th November. It will include business and sector led activities, showcasing events and workshops available to businesses of all sizes and all sectors and across the UK hosted by expert trade advisors, Parliamentarians and Ministers.
Businesses across the country who are considering exporting for the first time are being encouraged to join the ambitious, new week-long event to get the advice they need to take the plunge. The event aims to encourage UK businesses to export and sell to the world and showcase the long-term support that is available to help them do so.
Topics for the week cover;
  • Exploring new markets
  • Free Trade Agreements
  • UK Export Finance
  • Export Academy
BCC International Trade Survey - Have your say...
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) all calling for businesses for views on the top issues in international trade.

The survey covers:
• Current business conditions and pressures (including labour shortages and inflation)
• Your investment plans
• Barriers to trade
• Impacts flowing from Brexit
• Priorities for the net zero agenda.

The closing date is 31st October 

HMRC Updates:

Export Support Service
The Export Support Service is a new helpline and online service for UK businesses to get answers to practical questions about exporting to Europe. The service is a 'one-stop shop' and brings together UK government information, making it easier for exporters to access advice and support. You can ask any question for your business, including on exporting to new markets, paperwork you need to sell your goods abroad and rules for a specific country where you want to sell services.

Importing – steps you need to take before making your supplementary declaration
Advice on how to make a supplementary declaration and how intermediaries can help.
Fri 5th November 2021

Exporting: what you need to do to keep your goods moving 
Covering zero-rated VAT, customs declarations, using an intermediary as well as licences, certificates, and authorisations
Wed 3rd November 2021

Trader responsibilities when using an intermediary 
Your responsibilities if using an intermediary to complete import or export declarations
Fri 29th October 2021

Importing food and drink, and animal products from the EU to Great Britain 
DEFRA webinars about upcoming changes and how to register and use the import system IPAFFS (Import of Products, Animals, Food and Feed System).

Plastic Packaging Tax
Are you a business that manufactures or imports plastic packaging? If so, sign-up for HMRC’s Plastic Packaging Tax (PPT) webinars to learn more about what you need to do before the tax comes into force on 1 April 2022.

The tax aims to encourage the use of recycled plastic instead of new plastic within plastic packaging. It will be charged at a rate of £200 per tonne on plastic packaging manufactured in or imported into the UK, including packaging that already contains goods when it is imported, such as bottles filled with drinks.

HMRC’s webinars will give you the further information you need to get ready for the tax and the opportunity to ask any questions you may have regarding the administration of the tax. If you’re a business that manufactures or imports plastic packaging sign-up now for the following:

Introduction to Plastic Packaging Tax: This webinar will cover how the tax will operate. Topics will include:
• what plastic packaging the tax applies to
• who is responsible for paying and accounting
• tax returns (reporting) and record keeping.

Plastic Packaging Tax – admin and technical aspects: This webinar will cover the technical points about recycled plastic and exemptions from the tax.
Topics will include:
• exports and tax credits
• supply chain responsibilities
• types of recycling, calculating
• evidencing weight of packaging
• evidence for exemptions.

Recorded webinars will be available online after the events have ended. However, questions asked during the session will only be available to those who join live.

Further information can be found here.
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