WPA responds to government call for input to future EU trade negotiations

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WPA responds to government call for input to future EU trade negotiations

To ensure that the rules of origin agreed with the EU reflect the needs of UK business in the timber sector, the Wood Protection Association (WPA) will be working with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) through the Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI).

"We want to ensure that the UK government negotiating position directly reflects the needs of all sectors in the UK timber industry supply chain," said Gordon Ewbank, WPA Chief Executive Officer.

As part of this discussion, WPA is also focusing on the implications and issues which affect its chemical manufacturing members, all of which are international businesses with significant interests in cross border trading.

BEIS is setting up sector advisory panels which will brief government officials on key issues of concern ahead of negotiations with the EU and act as a sounding board for questions which arise during negotiations. CTI delegates will form the core of a future Wood Panel government sounding board.

BEIS is hosting three EU Exit Seminars in the next few weeks in collaboration with HSE, Defra and the Alliance of Chemical Associations. The events are in London, Leeds and Liverpool and are free to attend. 
The purpose is to help chemicals businesses and downstream users of chemicals to understand the potential impacts of EU Exit on their business in key areas such as regulation, tariffs/rules of origin and customs/border processes.
This is an opportunity for anyone to ask questions of policy officials, advise Government on the impact of EU Exit on your business and help to shape the negotiation and policy positions that will support the sector.

  • London - Friday 23 November at BEIS Conference Centre, 1 Victoria Street, SW1H 0ET
  • Leeds - Tuesday 27 November at Cloth Hall Court, Leeds Beckett University, Quebec Street, LS1 2HT
  • Liverpool - Wednesday 5 December at Holiday Inn Liverpool, Lime Street, L1 1NQ 

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