March 2019 is quickly approaching and UK businesses are still largely in the dark about how customs procedures will be carried out in the event of a no-deal Brexit. In response, Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) published an updated  partnership pack to provide guidance and support for businesses preparing for day one if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

For the time being, the pack outlines high-level customs procedures and the ways in which processes will be changed for goods moving across the UK border. Later in the autumn, the HMRC will expand the pack to include a breakdown of agrifood regulations, controlled goods (such as timber, chemicals, and waste) regulations and licensing, and road haulage licensing.

The Brazilian government recently launched a new website "Brazil Export - Trade and Investment Guide" to inform companies about business and investment opportunities in Brazil. Acting primarily as a source of information, the website is a joint effort of Brazil's Ministries of External Relations (MRE), Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC) and Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply (MAPA) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil).

The goal of the website is to facilitate access to information, answer questions and offer services that contribute to the activities of export, import and investment in Brazil.

The information found on this website includes:

  • Business and investment opportunities
  • Statistics and economic indicators in Brazil
  • Major services provided by the Brazilian government agencies
  • International trends of products and services
  • Access to "COMEX Responds" where  questions will be answered
  • Calendar of events pertaining to foreign trade in Brazil
  • Information about the Business Network of Brazil Export and how to join

The website is available in Portuguese, English, and Spanish.

For the past 14 years, Tanzania has been issuing Certificates of Origin manually to local exporters – a system that was tedious and paper-based.   Recently, Tanzania launched a modernized issuance system, dubbed the electronic issuance of Certificate of Origin (e-CO), with the goal of easing the workload for all involved with local exports.

The new system will be able to assist all parties, from customs administrators to freight forwarders, in saving time and money and increasing security. Daily News states that the system will also help to remove Non Trade Barriers related to the issuance of certificates of origin.

“Many African countries are increasingly trading in preferential or duty and quota free markets and that will be made cheaper with the application of the e-CO,” said Mussa Uledi, the secretary at the Ministry of Trade.

The application of e-CO is a big move for the African nation; according to Daily News, Tanzania will be the first country to incorporate the system in East and Central Africa.