Government updates on Coronavirus crisis
Monday, April 6th

Dear members,

Just a few new updates from Government this morning including changes to certain areas of Customs and details on further support and guidance that may assist some members with the impact of the Coronavirus crisis.

1 a) Moving goods through Customs during the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Advice has now been given on the moving of goods and clearing customs during the current Coronavirus outbreak. You can find full information here

1.b) Customs authorisations during the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
There have also been some temporary changes to customs policy and authorisations put in place with an aim to assist businesses during this time. Further details on these changes can be found here

2. Further local advice and support for business:
a) HMRC has planned programme of webinars on measures to support employers, employees and the self-employed through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19. BFA members can watch a video of the recorded webinar on the HMRC YouTube channel Coronavirus – (COVID-19): helping employers to support employees

b)Small businesses worried about the impact of the current lock down can access support through the crowdfunded Pay it Forward campaign. Small businesses can set-up a Pay it Forward campaign to pre-sell their services and diversify trading now in a bid to ensure continuous cash flow.

3)Rules and regulations relaxed to support businesses
Lastly, the Government has relaxed some rules and regulations to try and help businesses handle the disruption they are experiencing due to Coronavirus. You can find a comprehensive list of  these here

Tomorrow afternoon I am attending a ministerial meeting as one of only five associations. This is the perfect chance to have our voice heard so please get in touch with me here.
The louder we shout now the better chance we have of being listened to, so please  let me know of the support you feel your business will need, to not only survive this current crisis, but to thrive on the other side.

Stay Safe & Smiling,


Lucy Reece-Raybould, BFA CEO





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