In news that won’t greatly surprise many observers, it has been reported that UK businesses are having a tougher time finding suitable candidates for their vacant positions after the UK’s departure from the European Union (EU). And there are further tests to come for such companies, with the New Year set to see the introduction of full Border Controls by the UK.
The news of staffing difficulties after Brexit emerged from the most recent Employment Trends survey findings published by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).
Statistics suggest that there has been a 14% drop in the number of EU nationals employed in the UK since Brexit occurred last year. By comparison, the number of UK nationals employed in their own country declined by just 1% in the same timeframe.
This trend has been attributed to various factors, including – but not limited to – many EU workers heading home during the pandemic and not having yet returned, as well as great numbers of them having been employed in low-wage parts of the economy, and therefore failing to qualify to work in the UK under the new rules in force after Brexit.
But more bureaucracy is on the way for businesses in the UK
From the New Year, the UK will introduce its own Border Controls. This will mean, in the words of the UK Government, “full Customs Declarations and controls will be introduced on 1 January 2022 as previously announced”, and “pre-notification requirements of Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) goods, which were due to be introduced on 01 October 2021, will now be introduced on 01 January 2022.”
One major issue confronting UK firms trading with the EU is that they will now be required to keep careful track of their ability to qualify under the Trade & Cooperation Agreement for zero tariffs and zero quota arrangements. This means businesses will need to satisfy all the new rules on Rules of Origin, and have the ability to produce all the detailed paperwork required to prove this entitlement.
Furthermore, many traders have failed to realise that they have needed to prove detailed compliance with the Rules of Origin since January 2021.
Again, as the UK Government has explained: “For goods imported between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2021, traders have up to 175 days to complete Customs Declarations.
“From 1 January 2022, if a supplier’s Declaration is needed, businesses must hold these at the time they issue a statement on origin. They should also have obtained them, or other information demonstrating the originating status of their goods, for any statements on origin they’ve issued during the easement period from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021.
“If UK exporters don’t have this information, then if subject to verification by the importing Customs authority, their EU customer may have their preference claim denied.”
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