The FEA has launched a Brexit Hub on its website. While the foodservice industry grapples with the fallout of the coronavirus crisis, the UK’s transition from the EU is still a major concern.
The Brexit Hub is aimed at collating information about issues foodservice equipment companies will need to address in order to get ready for Brexit.
Currently the Hub has information from the European Union Relationship and Industrial Strategy taskforce (Euris) about planning for a no-deal scenario. This details the major issues businesses will need to plan for, as well as recommended actions that will need to be taken in the 5 months remaining before the transition period ends in January 2021.
FEA is actively involved in the group, whose membership includes 15 other manufacturing industry organisations. The group meets regularly with government officials, and acts as the interface between the foodservice equipment industry and 10 Downing Street.
A no-deal Brexit has the potential to disrupt every area of business. For example, intellectual property rights including patents, designs and copyrights could be affected. If a company’s IP rights might change, protective steps should be taken immediately. Similarly, customs declarations are estimated to rise from 55 to 255m annually, so businesses should increase internal capacity in order to handle the extra workload.
Another key issue is clarity on the role of CE marking and the UKCA mark. The government has withdrawn its advice on this, but companies need clarity now on what they will be required to do. FEA, via Euris, is putting strong pressure on the government to deliver this guidance.
John Whitehouse, FEA chair, said: “As soon as we have this important guidance, it will be put on the Hub. It fulfils our remit to keep the industry informed.
“Preparing for Brexit and its possible outcomes was always going to be a huge challenge for the foodservice equipment industry.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has undoubtedly made this even tougher, which is why providing a single hub for all the information businesses will need to know is vitally important. The FEA will be doing everything it can to ensure members will know all the changes they’ll need to make, and how to achieve them.”
The Hub will be regularly updated on the FEA website, and can be accessed via the information tab on its home page.