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Summary of print-relevant Government 'Technical Notices' for a no-deal scenario

The Government has published a series of 'Technical Notices' (TN) which provide information to businesses and individuals regarding a potential 'no deal' outcome of the Brexit negotiations. A 'no deal' scenario is one where the UK leaves the EU and becomes a third country at 11pm GMT on 29 March 2019 without a Withdrawal Agreement and framework for a future relationship in place. While the Government considers a 'no deal' unlikely, it is keen to prepare for all eventualities come March 2019.

The TNs published so far have covered areas including medical supplies, financial services, nuclear safeguards, farming and organic food production. There is no technical notice which relates to the print industry or the manufacturing industry more widely, so here we have identified and summarised just those TNs which are most relevant to our industry.

Tariff checker for imported goods

It may be helpful to get an early idea of what the World Trade Organisation's tariffs are, if these are to be applied to EK-EU trade. InterIreland, an Irish trade body, have trawled through the possible World Trade Organisation (WTO) tariffs that may apply to the movement of goods that your business may use or produce. Their tariff checker is available to view and search here.

The tariff for the main consumable import for printing and packaging companies - paper and board - is 0%. Most printed products are also 0% (with the exception of playing cards at 2.7%). However, printing inks have a 6.5% tariff and most printing machinery a 1.7% tariff.

Trade Tariffs Printing and Printed Packaging contains the extracted information for many product codes relevant to the Printing and Printed Packaging industry. However, you may wish to examine the tariffs on further inputs to your business (whether you import them or your supplier imports them). You may also be interested in checking whether or not there are tariffs in place for any products that your clients import or export. 

Information for Northern Ireland members

If you're in Northern Ireland, you may qualify for further support. To find out more click here.


Latest useful online resources


BBC - Everything You Need To Know About The UK Leaving The EU

EEF - Brexit FAQs

Research publications:

CBI: 'No Deal and the EU

EEF: 'Navigating Brexit: The Migration Minefield'

Institute for Government: Brexit- Six Months To Go


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