Britain’s chemical industry has voiced its support for the recently published UK government paper on suggestions for ensuring trade in goods and services can continue after Brexit.
“I think the Government is taking exactly the right approach in this area, acknowledging the need for chemical businesses to be reassured that significant regulatory commitments and related costs, such as those already undertaken under REACH, will remain valid after exit from the EU,” said Steve Elliot, CEO of the Chemical Industries Association.
“The approach outlined by Government confirms where businesses have undertaken compliance activities prior to exit, they should not be required to duplicate these activities in order to place goods on the UK and the EU market after exit. This includes recognising the validity of type approvals, certificates and registrations issued prior to exit”.
Britain’s chemical and pharmaceutical sector, including manufacturing and distribution, is the country’s largest exporter of manufactured goods, with total exports close to £50 billion. By comparison, the motor vehicle, trailers and semi-trailers sector has the next highest exports at £35 billion.
“With 60% of our exports going to the European Union and 75% of our imports coming from the EU27, it is absolutely essential that UK chemical businesses can continue to trade both finished goods and raw materials without any disruption during an appropriate transition period with the EU,” Elliot continued.
“Furthermore we do need to take account of the relationship post-transition and these current discussion should prepare for that. Accepting the ongoing validity of all pre-departure registration activities marks a significant step in securing that outcome”.