The year in news headlines: the IOE and IT Daily Update's most read trade stories across 2021

Wed 22 Dec 2021
Posted by: Noelle McElhatton, William Barns-Graham
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Insomuch as we can apply an overarching theme to describe 2021, the past year has been one of transitions.

The year started with the ‘big bang’ of Great Britain’s exit from the EU Customs Union and Single Market and the advent of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement – signed just as we said goodbye to 2020.

Who can forget how the global supply chain crisis – epitomised by super container ship the Ever Given getting stuck in the Suez Canal – and the ongoing global pandemic led to empty supermarket shelves?

FTAs clocking up

The idea of the UK as an independent trading nation continued to morph in front of our eyes as the Department for International Trade clocked up the free trade deals, most recently with Australia.

Stories chronicling the phasing-in of the Border Operating Model – the government’s blueprint for how it is managing post-Brexit borders – were among the most popular, as traders hungered for the latest news.

The IOE&IT’s Daily Update bulletin – which you regularly tell us you like, supported by buoyant open and click-through rates – was there to report on so many topics as the year unfolded – producing stories you found to be must-read along the way.

Here we look back at the most-read stories of the year gone by – from nearly 800 we happily produced for you, our loyal readers.

With that, the Daily Update team signs off for 2021. Here's to another news-packed year in 2022 – of that, there is little doubt. 

 

December 2021

HMRC's message to GB exporters to EU: choose your port of exit carefully from 1 January 2022

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One year after Brexit: IOE&IT polls show GB traders coping with new rules but wary of more changes

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November 2021

Government announces 12-step plan to get UK to £1tn in exports – including new tradeshow programme

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Further delay to SPS checks on EU-to-GB imports in 2022, but declarations timeline remains the same

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October 2021

UK exporters not ready for new origin rules and could face tariffs on EU trade, industry bodies warn

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IOE&IT membership numbers up 50% in one year, AGM hears, as future plans are outlined

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September 2021

IOE&IT welcomes new exports minister Mike Freer MP to a ‘vitally important brief’

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Government delays SPS controls for EU-to-GB trade until 2022: IOE&IT response and new timetable

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August 2021

Retail and logistics firms repeat call to issue short-term visas to European drivers to fix shortage

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HMRC finally confirms when new customs declaration system CDS takes over from CHIEF

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July 2021

Government warns firms to prepare for EU trade rule changes – including supplementary declarations

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Government plans to scrap its grant scheme for exporters attending overseas trade fairs after review

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June 2021

Traders come to IOE&IT for help with new EU VAT reporting rules that start tomorrow, Thursday 1 July

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UK government unveils new subsidy system and claims it will be ‘more flexible’ than the EU’s

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May 2021

Why does the UK want to join a Pacific trade pact? 10 key CPTPP questions answered

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Traders urged to prepare for digitalisation of trade documents as international adoption looms

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April 2021

Queen’s Award winners 2021 revealed: export winners hailed for finding new overseas markets

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Turkish delight as exports to UK soar in three months after trade deal roll-over

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March 2021

Suez Canal blockage could add as much as 10 days to delivery times for UK businesses

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Five key takeaways for traders from the Chancellor’s Budget speech today

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February 2021

‘The government has listened,’ IOE&IT chief says as £20m fund for SMEs trading with EU is unveiled

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One month after transition from the EU: how the UK has adapted to new trade rules

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January 2021

‘Tariffs may apply if goods don't undergo sufficient processing in UK,’ firms told in IOE&IT rules of origin webinar

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Soaring cross-Channel freight rates here to stay as UK border braces for increase in traffic

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