Watch the recording of the IOE and IT's UK-EU trade deal webinar

Tue 5 Jan 2021
Posted by: William Barns-Graham
IOE News

The Institute of Export & International Trade today (5 January) ran a one-hour webinar on what UK businesses need to know about the free trade agreement signed by the UK and EU.

The trade deal was finally agreed on Christmas Eve last year and came into effect when the transition period finished on New Year's Eve. 

Valued at £668bn, it is the largest ever trade deal signed by the EU.

Attended by over 3040 people, the webinar covered:

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

You can download a copy of the slides here.


The webinar will be hosted by Kevin Shakespeare, the IOE&IT's director of stakeholder engagement. 

Having developed such educational and training programmes as the Diploma in World Customs Planning and Compliance, Kevin currently manages specialist and customs training resources for HMRC's Trader Support Service. 

Kevin has worked with Invest NI, Scottish Enterprise, UK Export Finance, Saudi Export Development Authority and is an approved United Nations international trade trainer.

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