National Highways lifts roadworks over Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend

AICES and members UPS and DHL have welcomed National Highways’ plans to remove almost 500 miles of roadworks around the Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend as the Christmas countdown continues. Many online delivery orders are processed immediately after Black Friday on Friday 25 November – making the following few days one of the busiest […]

Government suspends introduction of S&S Controls for 1st July

The Government has announced that the controls that were due to be introduced on 1st July requiring EU imports safety and security and SPS goods checks will not be implemented. The government concluded that the new checks would impose new administrative requirements on businesses which would then pass on associated costs to consumers. Instead, traders […]

Offensive Weapons Act Commencement Confirmed 6th April

The Offensive Weapons Act Commencement Regulations have now been signed and laid. They will come into force from 6th April. The guidance for the offensive weapons act can be found here: Offensive Weapons Act 2019 Statutory Guidance ( For overseas sellers, UK operators will need to carry out age verification on the doorstep of residential […]

Department for International Trade publishes new Export Strategy

The Department for International Trade (DIT), launched its new export strategy today. It is a 12 point plan which aims to give businesses the tools they need to export, with a target of helping businesses hit £1 trillion in exports. The UK currently exports £600 billion in goods and services, but only 1 in 10 […]

Statements from the European Commission and Lord Frost

Both Lord Frost and the European Commission have issues statements on the 21 July Command paper which was published by the UK government.  There has been a formal confirmation that the GB-NII waiver for parcels continues for both B2C and B2B goods with no end date, B2B was previously due to end on 1 October […]

Government announces COVID-19 Response: Summer 2021 (Roadmap)

The Prime Minister gave an update this evening announcing the next stage in the government’s plans to support wider recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic. They have published their Summer 2021 roadmap which can be found here: It has been confirmed that the decision whether to move to Step 4 on the 19th of July […]

Extension to Northern Ireland Protocol grace period for chilled meats agreed

There has been an agreement between the UK and the EU to extend teh grace period for chilled meats to Northern Ireland, as mentioned by Lord Frost below, there are still a number of issues to be resolved regarding the Northern Ireland Protocol, there is no change in regards to the parcels waiver. Chilled meats […]

Full customs controls delayed from 1st July 2021

Michael Gove has released a statement with a revised timetable for the introduction of import controls, the new timetable is as follows: Pre-notification requirements for Products of Animal Origin (POAO), certain animal by-products (ABP), and High Risk Food Not Of Animal Origin (HRFNAO) will not be required until 1 October 2021. Export Health Certificate requirements […]

Express waiver for Northern Ireland extended beyond March 31st

The express waiver for Northern Ireland has been extended from March 31st to October 1st for business to business goods, there has also been a 6-month rolling extension for business to consumer and consumer to consumer goods from the date which guidance is published. You can find the updated guidance on the below links: Sending […]