Brexit Workshop, 30 October 2020

The UK officially left the European Union on 31 January 2020 and is now entering the final stages of the 11-month transition period. During this period, the UK effectively remains in the EU’s customs union and single market and continues to follow EU rules. Given the current state of discussions between EU and UK officials, it is unfortunately still premature to predict the outcome of the negotiations between the two trading blocks. Nonetheless, the ACP horticultural industry will inevitably be facing several new challenges, with a no-deal outcome generating more acute problems in some areas. 

In this context, COLEACP, in collaboration with the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS), organised a workshop whose objective was to present a set of practical recommendations (and remaining points of uncertainty) for ACP horticultural businesses trading directly or indirectly (via the EU) with the UK. The following areas of concern were among other addressed: trade documentation issues, border control issues, logistical challenges and potential future market developments. 

Prior to the workshop, COLEACP also issued a background information document. You can find it here.