Latest news: 2025 UK Border Strategy
The outbreak of the coronavirus is a rapidly changing situation that affects all of us.
For the latest government information visit the UK government website, and for devolved government advice and measures, please visit the following: Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland.
As you will know, the outbreak, and the Government’s response, are evolving rapidly.
Guidance on moving goods through customs and customs authorisations during the coronavirus (COVID-19).
HMRC has published guidance on moving goods through customs and customs authorisations during the coronavirus (COVID-19). The Guidance is available in the links below:
The government has announced visa extensions until 31 May for all foreign nationals in the UK and a dedicated COVID-19 immigration team has been set up to make the process as straightforward as possible. Individuals who are in the UK and whose visa expired after 24 January are being urged to contact the Home Office on CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk, and they will be issued an extension until 31 May. This timeline will be kept under review in case a further extension is needed.
The government has made an important clarification that ‘it is important for business to carry on’. As set out in its latest guidance:
“…people can travel to and from work, but only where the work they do absolutely cannot be done from home.
With the exception of the organisations covered above in the section on closing non-essential shops and public spaces, the government has not required any other businesses to close – indeed it is important for business to carry on.”
Three-month extension period to file accounts
Businesses will be given an additional three months to file accounts with Companies House to help companies avoid penalties as they deal with the impact of COVID-19.
Government guidance states that most commercial insurance policies are unlikely to cover pandemics or unspecified notifiable diseases, such as COVID-19. However, those businesses which have an insurance policy that covers government ordered closure and pandemics or government ordered closure and unspecified notifiable disease should be able to make a claim. Insurance policies differ significantly, so businesses are encouraged to check the terms and conditions of their specific policy and contact their providers.
Protection from eviction for commercial tenants
Commercial tenants who cannot pay their rent because of COVID-19 will be protected from eviction. A few further details are now available.
DIT support for UK businesses trading internationally
DIT has updated its advice for UK businesses that export or deliver goods and services abroad and have been impacted by the spread of COVID-19.
CORONAVIRUS – Identifying Companies – COVID-19 Critical Products
BRPPA are participating in an initiative led by the British Plastics Association in identifying companies in the polymer sector who my wish to contribute to resolving problems in the supply of critical products and services to the medical and food sectors in the face of the demands generated by the coronavirus epidemic, such as the need for ventilators. BRPPA would like to hear from any company that would be willing to help in any way. Please get in touch with John Dorken, Director of BRPPA on Jdorken@brppa.co.uk or the BRPPA team at theteam.@brppa.co.uk.