Representing the European Tech & Industry Employers, Ceemet has campaigned over many years to ensure, in so far as possible, a smooth and orderly Brexit.

Smooth transition

Ceemet will continue campaigning to ensure that the future relationship includes the crucial elements necessary for the Metal, Engineering and Tech-based industries.

These are issues such as the maintaining of free and frictionless trade, the free movement of people and a single regulatory environment for EU manufacturers.

The economic relations between the EU and the UK must be maintained as possible in order to safeguard Europe’s industrial competitiveness.

With a view to the upcoming negotiations, policy makers on both sides of the channel must redouble their efforts to ensure an appropriate solution is found for both sides.

Manufacturing industry advocates since a long time for a smooth transition to the future relationship as both parties must be mindful of the time manufacturers will need to adjust and due consideration must be given for an implementation period following this year’s negotiations.

Stability and certainty are needed in both the EU and the UK for our continued investment and trade. The UK will be leaving the EU, however there is an interest on all sides that the future relationship is realistic while ambitious and built on the common ground which we developed while ensuring the Single Market thrives.

There is no separate EU-27 and UK manufacturing sectors, only one European manufacturing sector.

Similar concerns on both sides

Tech & Industry sector companies of all sizes, across the EU & the UK continue to raise their questions and concerns about what Brexit will mean for their business on a practical level.

And no wonder - approximately half of UK exports and imports are to and from the EU. No matter the exact form Brexit takes, manufactures are rightly looking to plan for every eventuality now and understand how Brexit will affect their day-to-day operations and bottom line.

Toolkit for companies

To support manufacturers, Ceemet’s UK member Make UK has developed a Brexit Toolkit (by clicking this link you will leave the Ceemet website). This Toolkit, produced in partnership with experienced customs and export software developers, i2i Infinity, addresses the key trade and customs issues British importers and exporters will face.

The Toolkit asks the manufacturer a series of questions to help customise the results for their particular sector, product, supply chain and import/export situation. The programme will then create a customised report that summarises the tariff costs and customs issues that a particular company will face in importing and exporting with the EU.

A few of the areas the Toolkit addresses include:

  • which tariff codes and rates could apply to particular components and final products
  • what customs forms will be needed for different types of products and raw goods
  • how to map a supply chain and entire goods flow into and out of the UK
  • what warehousing arrangements may be needed
  • considering proof of origin certification of goods
  • considering whether to become an Authorised Ec
  • what restrictions will be applicable (e.g. taking goods to a tradeshow in the EU)

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