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EXPORT RECOVERY REMAINS FLAT AMID DISRUPTION TO SUPPLY CHAINS

A survey of 2,600 UK exporters has revealed that the recovery in export sales has largely stalled in Q3. The proportion of firms reporting increased sales rose only three points (to 30%) from Q2 (27%), whilst the proportion reporting decreased sales fell by just two points (Q3:26%/ Q2: 28%).

BCC welcomes digital services tax deal

The announcement of a deal between the US, the UK, France, Austria, Italy and Spain on digital services taxes, and transitioning unilateral measures taken beforehand, will be strongly welcomed by business in the UK

BCC Responds to UK-NZ Announcement of Agreement in Principle on Trade

The BCC looks forward to engaging with the UK Government and the New Zealand Ambassador in the final stages of these negotiations and to giving our views on the draft text at the earliest opportunity.

BCC RESPONDS TO EU/UK STATEMENTS ON NI PROTOCOL

Business voices need to be heard loud and clear in the dialogue between the UK Government and the European Commission over the next few weeks. 

BCC RESPONDS TO LATEST ONS TRADE FIGURES

Labour shortages across the economy, in particular HGV drivers, are identified as a factor in relatively weak imports and exports performance. This further makes the case for Government’s new supply chain task force to find solutions to these issues affecting the UK economy.

BCC says agreed solution on Northern Ireland Protocol best way forward

An agreed solution between the United Kingdom and the EU on how the Protocol should work and businesses comply with it, is by far the best outcome. It offers clarity for businesses and certainty for inward investment in Northern Ireland.

BCC says new EU Export Support Service must add value

BCC looks forward to working with the Europe Export Support Service and hope it will prove complementary to the unrivalled support the Chamber Network provides to exporting UK companies

BCC welcomes delay to import checks but says much more work is needed

Announcement of a delay is sensible given the ongoing issues with ensuring trader readiness, the need to build more border control posts and the skills shortages crisis.

BCC Responds to ONS Trade Data - July 2021

Figures remain concerning. Taken in conjunction with German trade data from earlier this week, the UK is clearly doing less trade with the EU than 3 years ago.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF EXTENSION OF CE MARKING EASEMENT - BCC REACTION

William Bain, Head of Trade Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce, “The Government needs to work now with businesses to ensure full consideration to the impacts are given before any decision to completely pull the plug on CE-marked goods, risking incurring costs to our economy that we may come to regret.”