Watch back our five most popular webinars in 2021: on rules of origin and other popular topics

Tue 21 Dec 2021
Posted by: William Barns-Graham
IOE News

The IOE&IT’s webinar programme was among its most important services for traders in 2021, updating on the key post-Brexit trade following the end of the transition period and the signing of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) at the end of 2020.

Over 50,000 people registered to our webinars this year, with approximately 33,000 attending the live events and our webinar recordings attracting over 100,000 views on YouTube.

The IOE&IT Daily Update here looks back on our best attended webinars from the year gone by. Unsurprisingly, new rules for trade with the EU was our the most popular topic.

The EU-UK trade deal: what you need to know (broadcast in January 2021)

The Institute of Export & International Trade’s first webinar of the year was its most popular, focussing as it did on the implications of the UK’s post-Brexit trade deal with the EU just five days after it came into effect.

The one-hour webinar covered:

  • Rules of origin
  • Customs and VAT rules
  • Trade in services - including financial and legal
  • Rules for business travel
  • Mutual recognition of qualifications


Rules of Origin in the UK-EU trade deal (January)

The TCA secured tariff-free trade for businesses trading between the UK and EU following the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020.

This one-hour webinar from the IOE&IT gave an overview of these new rules, covering:

  • What is origin and why is it important in international trade 
  • What are the rules of origin in the UK: EU trade deal 
  • Key principles around bilateral cumulation, when they do and don't apply 
  • Proving origin: supplier declarations and importer's knowledge  
  • Use of customs and trade procedures to support effective trade and zero tariffs 
  • Commercial implications for businesses, challenges and opportunities


Completing declarations for trade with the EU (February)

With the UK leaving the EU customs unions at the end of the post-Brexit transition period, businesses were now required to complete customs declarations to move goods to or from Europe.

This webinar covered:

  • What are declarations and do I need to complete them?
  • When and where do declarations need to be submitted
  • Information required to complete declarations
  • Simplifying declaration requirements through customs special procedures


Updates to the EU export control regime – what you need to know (May)

The new EU dual-use regulation came into force in the summer, bringing in new EU autonomous controls, new and updated control parameters and other important clarifications.

Businesses trading or participating in supply chains involving dual-use goods in the EU need to understand what these new rules mean to ensure future trade is compliant.

This one-hour webinar in May covered:

  • The changes made to the dual-use legislation
  • How the UK has reacted to the new rules
  • How the regulation will impact business dealings in Northern Ireland


How to ensure goods move smoothly in 2022 (December)

From 1 January 2022, import declarations will be required for all goods entering Britain from the EU and customs checks will begin on these goods.

At the same time, the government begins to implement its ‘pre-lodgement’ model at some ports so you’ll need to use the online Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS) to ‘pre-lodge’ required declarations with HMRC before they board a ship heading to Britain.

In a webinar with Digital Trader Services earlier this month, we explained these upcoming changes, covering:

  • New rules for EU-to-GB imports from 1 January 2022
  • Options for sending EU goods to Britain – temporary storage or pre-lodgement model
  • Timelines for when declarations need to be completed under each model
  • How to generate a Goods Movement Reference (GMR) on GVMS
  • How new technologies can help you to monitor your EU-to-GB goods movements