Along with other Association members of the British Allied Trades Federation, the NAJ has commissioned specific guidance notes in case the UK leaves the EU with no deal.
The Association’s guidance notes on Brexit covers key topics such as Intellectual property, Customs, Hallmarking, Importing, Exporting and ATA Carnets. They are available for members and supporters of the NAJ on its Bitesize Brexit Blog.
Contributor, Stephen Welfare of Royds Withy King who provided guidance on Intellectual property, says: “Britain is leaving the EU, with or without a deal… so we are told. Despite the feverish negotiations now taking place a No Deal Brexit is a real possibility so I have been pleased to provide these guidance notes to the jewellery industry.”
Like other trade body groups across the UK, the NAJ is encouraging members to be prepared for Brexit in general. Whilst the news that Brexit has now been delayed to January 31, 2020 means the chances of a no deal exit are slimmer, the Association is still urging the trade to prepare for this scenario.
Therefore, alongside released the Bitesize Brexit Blog, the NAH will be hosting events for the jewellery community to attend and get informed.
When asked about how he is preparing for Brexit and what his main concerns are, the managing director of Hockley Mint, Gary Wroe, told the NAJ: “The main concern for our business is delays, caused at the border, in delivering goods to customers. We work extremely hard to meet customer delivery dates and the last thing we want is for the goods to be held up in any way.
“With Brexit negotiations ongoing it has been difficult for all businesses to really prepare for Brexit. There has been some guidance from the Government on no deal scenarios but nearly enough, so this guidance issued by NAJ is useful. We have increased our export business over the last few years and we have plans to increase this in the future – we just need to know the rules!”
With Brexit negotiations in a state of flux, members are encouraged to regularly check the Brexit Blog in the lead up to January 31, when the UK is now scheduled to leave the EU.
NAJ chief executive, Simon Forrester, adds: “We’re making this information available to all industry interested parties not just the immediate membership as we realise that the sector is looking for both answers and reassurance.
“Of course, things can change and it’s our intention to share any insights and information we receive through the Bitesized Brexit Briefing, so stay tuned.”
Members are invited to share their preparations for Brexit with NAJ and also highlight their concerns.
To do this, you can email NAJ industry ambassador, Lindsey Straughton.