Introduction

As if Covid-19 hasn't been challenging enough, we also have imminent changes to address from January 2021 regarding imports and exports. There is a whole host of information and plenty of warnings, but we are finding that many businesses are still confused as to what they should be doing. We'd like to understand what concerns businesses in northern Devon have, to gauge their readiness for the coming year. Whether you are an active exporter or importer or, are considering accessing overseas markets, this survey is designed to ask the questions that count.

International Trade Matters is supporting North Devon + to collect this information.  The information supplied on this form will be held by North Devon + and International Trade Matters, who are specialists in international trade.  They have helped to both create and issue this survey.

If you could spare just a few moments while you take a tea or coffee break to answer just 10 questions we would be very grateful.

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* 1. Are you an importer, exporter or reliant on products or services that are imported or clients that export? Please tick all that apply

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* 2. If you EXPORT, how much do you understand the following;

  No knowledge of this - where do I start? A little understanding, I will need help with this Fair understanding, but could do with some help Pretty good understanding I understand this fully and I'm ready N/A
working with Incoterms® 2020 and knowing the different cost of quoting or buying on EXW (ExWorks), FCA(Free Carrier) and DDP (Delivered Duty Paid) terms
the important documents required by HMRC to evidence that your goods have left the UK
evidencing the Origin of your goods so that your goods receive Preferential tariffs when there is a Free Trade Agreement in place

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* 3. If you IMPORT, have you;

  No knowledge of this - where do I start? A little understanding -  I will need help with this Fair understanding but could do with some help Pretty good understanding I understand this fully and I'm ready N/A
checked the UK new Global Tariff to understand the duty rate your overseas suppliers will add to the price you will pay
checked your product classification number to make sure that it is correct to avoid the risk of delays at customs

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* 4. Does your company have at least 3 years international trade experience to satisfy HMRC's requirements for documentary compliance and governance?

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* 5. Thinking about upskilling or recruitment: do you know there are government grants to cover the cost of training and/or international trade software?

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* 6. On your ERP, SAP or other internal management systems you operate: do you have automated templates to produce your own quotations, commercial invoices and packing lists from 1st January 2021?

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* 7. On the goods and services your supply chain provide: have you carried out a full review that extends to your freight forwarders and customs agents?

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* 8. Have you carried out a full review of your current EU contracts with both customers and suppliers to make sure an arbitration clause is included?

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* 9. On base of operations: have you checked if you will need to open an office in the EU to enable you to continue to trade there from January 1st 2021?

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* 10. Please confirm:

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* 11. If you would like to receive information in the future about Brexit and support available for businesses, please provide an email contact address:

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* 12. If you provided an email in Q11, please confirm your agreement to the following:  The information supplied on this form will be held by North Devon + and International Trade Matters. I/We give our permission for North Devon + and International Trade Matters to share the information collected with North Devon Council and Torridge District Council. The survey is part funded by North Devon Council and Torridge District Council. This agreement is based upon my understanding that due care will be taken to obtain and disclose only that information that is relevant. I/we understand that all information will be held in accordance with Data Protection legislation. Any results published as a result of the survey will only contain anonymised data. If you wish to see the personal data held please email: dataprotection@northdevonplus.co.uk  You may withdraw your consent at any time by emailing the same email address.

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