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In this issue of Export News from Expordite, we’ll cover 10 UK export news and headlines from week 7 of 2023 – February 13-19.

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And here are the 10 UK export news from last week:

General UK Export News

  1. Brexit: What is the Northern Ireland Protocol?

“The Northern Ireland Protocol has been a source of tension since it came into force at the start of 2021.

Disagreements over the protocol have stopped the Northern Ireland Assembly functioning.

The UK and the European Union (EU) are negotiating on a way forward and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has held talks in Belfast to try to get backing for this from Northern Ireland’s political parties.”

Source: BBC

2. HMRC announces over £3 million in fines for breach of export controls

“The government has announced the latest series of penalties issued for breaches of export controls.

HMRC has listed a series of compound settlement offers to four UK exporters, amounting to over £3.6m.

These fines relate to unlicensed exports of dual-use goods, military goods and related activities.”

Source: IOE&IT

3. Prime Minister welcomes Air India, Airbus and Rolls-Royce deal

“The Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Business and Trade Secretary Kemi Badenoch have welcomed a momentous deal for Airbus and Rolls-Royce to provide new aircraft for Air India, which is worth billions of pounds to the UK. The agreement announced by the companies this morning (Tuesday 14 February) will support and create new highly skilled jobs in Wales and Derbyshire, helping to boost exports, grow the economy and level up the UK.

A significant portion of the manufacturing process for the new aircraft is expected to take place in the UK. The wings will be designed in Filton, and assembled in Broughton – which is expected to bring an additional 450 manufacturing jobs and more than £100m of investment to Wales. The large A350 aircraft are exclusively powered by Rolls-Royce XWB engines, which are assembled and tested in Derby.

In 2021, the UK’s world-class aerospace sector added £10.6bn in value to the UK economy, exported c.70% of its domestic output and directly employed 111,000 high-skilled people, 89% of which are outside London and the Southeast. “


4. UK to implement new trading scheme for Cambodia

“Cambodia will start benefiting in April from the UK’s Developing Countries Trading Scheme (DCTS), a new type of customs preference unveiled by the European country in August 2022.

British Ambassador to Cambodia Dominic Williams said that the DCTS will replace the former Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) and will be put into force in April. Cambodia will automatically be listed as one of the beneficiary countries.”

Source: Khmer Times

Food & Drink Export News

5. ProWein promises largest English wine producer presence yet

“A symptom of the growth of the English wine industry is the expanded presence of English producers on the WineGB stand at ProWein, with this year’s fair set to have the biggest contingent so far.

In total, nine English wine brands will be exhibiting on the Wines of Great Britain stand in Hall 14 (Stand A50): Black Chalk (Hampshire), Bolney Wine Estate (West Sussex), Chapel Down (Kent), Gusbourne (Kent), Hattingley Valley (Hampshire), Ridgeview (East Sussex), Roebuck Estates (West Sussex), and, exhibiting at ProWein for the first time, Lyme Bay Winery (Devon) and Rathfinny Estate (East Sussex).”

Source: The Drinks Business

6. UK risks ‘disastrous’ food scandal due to lax post-Brexit border controls – NFU chief

“Britain is in danger of a “disastrous” food scandal, owing to lax post-Brexit border controls on agricultural imports, the leader of the UK’s biggest farming organisation has warned.

Minette Batters, the president of the National Farmers’ Union, accused ministers of a “dereliction of duty” in failing to ensure food and other agricultural imports were safe. She said the government had failed to learn the lessons of the horsemeat scandal of 2013.”

Source: The Guardian

7. Value of UK’s red meat exports hits highest levels since records began

“The value of the UK’s red meat exports has reached its highest levels since records began, worth a massive £1.7 billion last year, partially driven by the rising prices of meat.

According to the latest data from HMRC, the total value of red meat shipments increased 22% year-on-year – with over 609,000 tonnes exported around the world, up 9%.

Beef exports brought the biggest boost to the figures, with the value of shipments up nearly 46% to £640 million – driven by the recovery of trade with the EU.”

Source: Farming UK

Art Export News

8. Even restituted artefacts—like Benin bronzes—need export licences from UK, says arts minister

“The restitution of Benin bronzes by British institutions to Nigeria will require UK export licences. Stephen Parkinson, the arts minister, tells The Art Newspaper that items returned must go through the same procedure as any other works.

“It is important that the export process is followed properly,” he says, referring to any restitution by UK museums or private owners. Although the Benin bronzes represent the most pressing African restitution issue, objects were also looted in other military raids during the colonial period, including from Ethiopia and from what is now Ghana.”

Source: The Art Newspaper

9. Getty Museum applies for export licence for Roman bust bought at London auction

“The Getty Museum has agreed to acquire an ancient Roman marble bust which was sold at auction in London.

The 3ft 3in (97cm) bust of the emperor Antoninus Pius (ruled 138-161AD) is reputed to have only been first documented in 1851 when it was bought in Naples by Robert Martin Berkeley (1823-97) and Lady Mary Catherine Berkeley (1829-1924) while on honeymoon. They paid £44 2s for it from the Naples dealer Raffaelle Barone.

An export licence for the bust has been applied for from Arts Council England to take the bust to the US. Once that has been successful, it will go on display at the Getty Villa’s Later Roman Sculpture gallery in Los Angeles with its selection of other Antonine period portraits.”

Source: Antiques Trade Gazette

Tech UK Export News

10. UK set to become a pioneer world exporter of GreenTech

“The UK innovation sector is being put forward with an incredible boost for 2023 as ISB Global joins the UK Research and Innovation’s Global Incubator Programme.

As an intent to expand and increase UK business’s international potential, the programme is meant to create a new innovative market sector for the UK and perhaps create a new sustainable economy on GreenTech export. Moreover, the involvement of ISB Global could push it to the international stage and make the UK the world’s leading GreenTech exporter.”

Source: International Business Times

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