Maritime Businesses: What Solent SMEs need to know about the EU exit

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Get your maritime business EU exit ready with tailored guidance to navigate changes in the sector and keep your business moving.

Calling all maritime businesses in the Solent LEP region of Eastleigh, Fareham, Gosport, Havant, Isle of Wight, New Forest, Southampton and Portsmouth!

The UK has left the EU single market and customs union. Solent businesses across the maritime sector will experience changes to how they can trade and operate.

The Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), in partnership with Newable and supported by The Department for International Trade, are here to help you adjust to the new landscape, minimise disruption to your business and take advantage of new maritime opportunities.

Join this free virtual event, designed to help you identify what actions you need to take to ensure your maritime business is ready for the EU transition and can effectively operate in a post-EU economy.


Why should you join this virtual event?

Your maritime business needs to act now to ensure you are following the new trading rules which came into effect last month. This virtual event is designed to guide your business across three key areas:

1) Customs and the UK Global Tariff

The EU-transition has forced changes to the import and export of goods; specifically it has altered the rules of origin. Our expert speakers will share the latest insights on the UK Global Tariff (which has replaced the EU’s Common External Tariff), EORI numbers, customs declarations and licences. Learn how to identify which of these changes are most relevant for your maritime business and your supply chain.


2) Value Added Tax (VAT)

Trading across borders has changed significantly and as a result, tax and duties between the UK-EU has also changed. Learn how to account for import tax and the additional measures for overseas goods, the changes to VAT documentation and understand what it means to zero-rate export goods for VAT.


3) Movement of People to the EU

As freedom of movement has ended, business travel has also changed. This will affect sea fairer access to the EU, due to new time restrictions and exemptions. Explore the key steps you need to take, including the potential need for business visas and find how you can support your staff or business partners.


Who is this event for?

If you are a Solent-based small and medium-sized enterprise (SME), or an entrepreneur looking to learn more about the end of the EU transition for the maritime sector, this virtual event is for you.

The Solent LEP region covers Eastleigh, Fareham, Gosport, Havant, Isle of Wight, New Forest, Southampton and Portsmouth.


What's next?

To secure your place for this free virtual event, register here:

Please note: Places are limited and in high demand - we highly recommend expressing your interest quickly, unfortunately we cannot guarantee a spot will still be available.


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