Government updates new guidelines for placing MHE on the market after Brexit – BITA

Government updates new guidelines for placing MHE on the market after Brexit

The UK Government has updated its guidelines about placing manufactured goods on the EU market from 1st January 2021. The guidelines confirm what manufacturers will need to make to comply with new post-Brexit transition regulations.

The Government has recommended that businesses unsure of the requirements from 1st January 2021 onwards consult the trade association responsible for their products. In the case of industrial trucks, this is BITA.

The association has produced its own guide to the material handling industry, which is available to view on this website (see link below).

This contains the latest information from the UK government and details specific advice on what declarations need to be made for goods a manufacturer may bring into the UK or send into the EU from the start of January. There is also advice on what Customs, VAT and Excise EU Exit legislation and Customs notices that have will apply once the transition period ends. There is also a link to a search tool to help identify what tariffs apply in which country.

Manufacturers will also need an EORI number to move goods between the UK and non-EU countries. From 1st January 2021, companies will need an EORI number to move goods between Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) or the Isle of Man, and the EU. You may also need a separate EORI number if you move goods to or from Northern Ireland.

For any UK-based businesses bringing or receiving goods from outside of the EU, they will have to complete an import declaration to get their goods through customs. Having a designated representative to do this will inevitably speed up the process and there is advice on how to achieve this.

The guide also contains advice on placing manufactured goods on both the British and Northern Irish markets, while there is also a guide for placing manufactured goods on the EU market.

There is also information on machinery safety regulations, as well as regulations governing the safety of general products, while guidelines covering potentially explosive atmospheres, electronic compatibility and outdoor noise restrictions are also covered.

Information on the new UKCA mark and how to use it is also provided, as is vehicle type approval, including for Non-Road Mobile Machinery (NRMM) engines.

David Goss, Technical Manager, BITA said: “The end of the Brexit transition period will mean a lot of changes to how the material handling industry operates in relation to the EU. It is important that all companies comply with the new regulations and why we are advising members to make sure they are fully conversant with the new rules so the changeover can be as smooth as possible.

“It is also important to remember that the situation remains fluid and any or all guidelines may be subject to change both in the run up to the 1st January 2021 and beyond. For this reason, manufacturers should keep consulting the BITA website for any changes which will affect them.”

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