[email protected] June Issue 2021

29 June 2021

How well is the government serving exporters?

While it’s good to see a renewed commitment to UK science from the Prime Minister, the follow-through in terms of support for UK exports does not seem to be all it should be. This month we have finally heard from DIT about the future of the Trade Access Partnership, and the news isn’t good and worse still, members are getting in touch to say that even the basic administration of key services is falling below expectations.

You tell me that the Export Control Joint Unit is failing to meet it’s commitments to turn-around times for export licences and as new member Oxford Instrument’s MD, Dr Ian Wilcox, points out, they are increasingly turning down applications, particularly for export to China.

Are we being more risk averse than other countries? We are supposed to be all working from the same guidelines. Or is the real problem that DIT staff from all walks are being re-directed to work on new trade agreements, and the bread and butter work on which we all depend is going into the round filing cabinet under the desk?

Toodle pip


also in this month's issue:  PM promises to make scientific breakthroughs work for the UK...BIVDA provides alert on likely delay to EU IVDR...Customs declarations deadline approaches...Pharma companies publish their sustainability roadmap...Speaking opportunity at Chem UK...Scammers hit GAMBICA member's distributor...All smiles after lab inter-operability standard debate...Security of electricity supply in Ireland...Major energy users to be consulted on price...Further delay to return to in-person employment checks..Your questions and answers...Upcoming webinars...Minister announces end to TAP support...Trade credit re-insurance scheme ends...Express export licences - only in extreme circumstances...DIT putting together diagnostics 'offer'...Fiscal representation is way out of Brexit VAT trap...New GAMBICA member hits out at poor performance by UK Export Control...Horiba joins tech development consortium...Implications of new employment watchdog


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