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Formal meeting (oral evidence session): Trade in goods

European Affairs Committee
Trade in goods

Thursday 28 October 2021

Start times: 3.00pm (private) 3.00pm (public)

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Business groups questioned on post-Brexit trade in goods

The House of Lords European Affairs Committee takes evidence from business groups on the impact of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union on trade in goods and preparations for the introduction of new import controls.

Meeting details

At 3.00pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry Trade in goods
Head of Trade Policy at British Chambers of Commerce
Senior EU and International Trade Executive at Food and Drink Federation
Head of International Affairs at Federation of Small Businesses


The Committee has launched an inquiry into the trade in goods between Great Britain and the EU, of which this is the second oral evidence session. The launch of this inquiry comes nearly a year after the UK’s formal exit from the Single Market and Customs Union, and comes shortly after the UK Government’s decision on 14 September 2021 to further delay the introduction of new import controls on goods entering GB from the EU, many of which will now not be introduced until 1 July 2022. In announcing this delay, the Government stated that its “own preparations, in terms of systems, infrastructure and resourcing, remain on track to meet” the original timetable, and that the delay instead reflected the impact of the pandemic and wider pressures on supply chains.

In contrast to this approach, the EU introduced full import controls from 1 January 2021 – leading to an asymmetry between GB exports to the EU and GB imports from the EU, with the former facing more checks and controls than the latter.

Topics for discussion include:

  • Key challenges following the entry into force of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement 
  • The impact of the delay in the introduction of Sanitary and Phytosantary import controls
  • Preparations for the introduction of customs declarations and the expiry of the grace period for supplier's declarations of rules of origin
  • The impact of EU checks and controls on exports

Further information


Room 4, Palace of Westminster

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