[email protected] Brief - January Issue 2022

25 January 2022

THIS MONTH we have been hearing about delays in the UK court service which mean that cases are waiting longer to be tried. Many victims reporting crimes in the last six months will have to wait until 2023 to get justice. We have also heard about a dizzying number of parties being held during lockdown at No 10 - revealing a drinking culture today in Downing Street among civil servants which would appear to rival that of Fleet Street in the late 1970s.

Meanwhile, despite all the rhetoric about the priority the government is giving to foreign trade, our unweildy and chronically understaffed export control system, has had its burdens increased by the full inclusion in its workload not only of applications for exporting to Europe, but to China too.

It would appear that no thought has been given to the consequences of giving hundreds, perhaps thousands of additional export licence applications to civil servants who are already apparently 30% understaffed. Which leaves British businesses, and most importantly GAMBICA members, suffering from market threatening delays.

This month we have taken your worries to Paul McComb director of UK exports at DIT. He said he was unaware of the issue. Which is surprising because we hear on the grapevine that DIT has been complaining vociferously about lobbying on the subject.

I hesitate to quote Michael Jackson but when it comes to skilled staff at ECJU, I don’t think we are going to stop ‘til we get enough.

Toodle pip!

Jacqueline

 

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INSIDE this MONTH....

Inward Processing/Outward Processing procedures …Team revising Eco design regulations to include lab fridges
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