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Brexit for the Footwear and
Leather Goods Industry:
the EU-UK deal explained

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Since the 1st of January 2021, the European Union (EU) and United Kingdom (UK) are considered two independent customs regions and that has implication on the trade relations between the two parties.

As there is a free trade agreement with no taxes or tariffs on goods or limits on the amount that can be traded (quotas) between the UK and the EU, one might think that we are living in a similar situation to what we had in place when the UK was part of the EU. Nevertheless, the United Kingdom is now a third country (outside the EU), and vice versa, so all the formalities of such status will apply. As a consequence, new checks were introduced at the borders, such as safety checks and customs declarations, and businesses need to be prepared for new procedures.

On this webinar we will cover the main aspects of the deal taking into consideration the responsibilities of the EU Exporters and UK Importers. We will explain the Rules of Origin for Footwear and Leather Goods, as well as the procedures involving the import and export flows. With particular attention to the Statement on Origin and the Rex System registration.

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Watch the recording of the webinar with presentations delivered by experts from the
British Footwear Association, the European Footwear Confederation and the World Footwear.
VAT and Customs Procedures experts joined the Questions & Answers session to clarify all practical queries.
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Speakers

Robert Perkins

Chairman, BFA - British Footwear Association

Chairman, NED & Strategic Advisor specialising in Footwear & Sport, with expertise in global growth, strategic transformation, brand building, product innovation & supply chain. Former Footwear & Sports CEO. Three times winner of a Queens Award for Enterprise.

Carmen Arias Castellano

General Secretary CEC - European Footwear Confederation

Carmen is the Secretary General of the European Footwear Confederation (CEC) in Brussels since 2012. CEC is the umbrella organisation gathering the major national footwear associations in Europe. It addresses a broad range of European policy issues and projects to support the sector in anticipating challenges and grasping opportunities in order to promote its competitiveness and growth.

Joana Vaz Teixeira

International Relations, APICCAPS

With 15 years of working experience in Business Intelligence, across several industries, such as Consultancy, Banking and Footwear. Since 2014 has dedicated herself to the development of the World Footwear project at APICCAPS, the Portuguese Footwear Association, which includes a Yearbook and a news platform dedicated to the day to day activities of the international footwear industry.

Moderated by

Lucy Reece-Raybould

Chief Executive Officer, BFA - British Footwear Association

Lucy joined the British Footwear Association in June, 2019 and is proud to be its first female Chief Executive. From Swatch in its heyday in the early 90’s, through her own marketing and PR company and on to licensed brands like Guess, Versace and Lacoste, Lucy has worked across a wide sector of the luxury sector in an operational and marketing capacity. Lucy is now putting her experience, energy and drive to great use for the BFA and its eclectic mix of members; transforming the association into the voice of the footwear industry in the UK.





Presentations

Below you can access the presentations of the experts presenting on the webinar.A document with useful links and resources regarding the new EU-UK trade relationship from the Department for International Trade of the British Embassy in Lisbon is also accessible.

You will also find a Questions & Answers document with the main topics raised during the event, namely regarding Rules of Origin, Statement on Origin, REX and EORI numbers, VAT implications and Triangular operations.

The EU-UK trade deal from the UK perspective
Robert Perkins, Chairman, BFA - British Footwear Association
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The importance of the EU-UK trade deal for the EU
Carmen Arias Castellano, General Secretary CEC - European Footwear Confederation
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Guidebook for EU Exporters And UK Importers: The Footwear And Leather Goods Industry
Joana Vaz Teixeira, International Relations, APICCAPS

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Useful links and resources regarding the new EU-UK trade deal
Department for International Trade of the British Embassy in Lisbon

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Practical Guidebook


You can also access and read the Practical Guidebook prepared for the Footwear and Leather Goods Industry
and presented during the webinar


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Programme

10:00 hrs The EU-UK trade deal from the UK perspective
Robert Perkins, Chairman, BFA - British Footwear Association
10:10 hrs The importance of the EU-UK trade deal for the EU
Carmen Arias Castellano, General Secretary CEC - European Footwear Confederation
10:20 hrs Guidebook for EU Exporters and UK Importers: The Footwear and Leather Goods Industry
Joana Vaz Teixeira, International Relations, APICCAPS
10:35 hrs Q&A Session
Moderated by Lucy Reece-Raybould
Chief Executive Officer, BFA - British Footwear Association

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