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                   International May 2020 17  SPONSORED COLUMN  Documents will be posted out once issued as the offices are closed to public. Returning Carnets – Carnets can still be posted to our head of- fice as usual. However we may not be able to discharge them until the office reopens. We strongly ad- vise that you keep photocopies or scanned copies of any pages within the Carnet that were endorsed by Customs. Carnets stuck abroad – if your goods are currently abroad and unable to move, the likelihood is that the host Customs will extend the period of temporary impor- tationuntilflightsandshipments resume. For Carnets that are about to expire, you should apply for a Replacement (extension) Carnet through our online eCarnet sys- tem. Note that Japan and USA do not allow replacements – for these countries gather any evidence that proves that your flights were can- celled and ensure that the Carnet is stamped out of those countries and back into the UK even if the doc- ument has expired. Replacement Carnets must be validated by the National Carnet Unit. 7. LCCI offices The Chamber’s City HQ is closed until further notice. Barking and Hounslow offices are operating a postal service only. Note that for safety reasons the offices are closed to general public. The office postal addresses are on the reverse of the document pricelist: www. media/media/Export-Document- January-2020.pdf It is advised that an SAE is en- closed with your documents wher- ever possible to avoid delays or documents being returned to an incorrect address. Barking Exporting Document Office - 12 Town Quay Wharf, Ab- bey Road, Barking IG11 7BZ LCCI would like to reassure customers that it is our aim to maintain our provision of export documentation services to all our customers during these difficult times. We will also be there for you when everything returns to normality and volumes increase. Davor McKinley is head of export documents at LCCI Coronavirus: After the lockdown by Jonathan Mansfield   After the lockdown comes to an end there will be no return to business as usual. That is one thing we can be sure of. Even for those in the “glass half full” camp, we can expect changes with significant impact on employment. As employment lawyers, we expect a number of themes to recur. After furlough The Job Retention or “furlough” scheme has recently been extended to the end of June 2020. However, the question arises as to how long the Government believes that this will be sustainable. The furlough scheme came in just in time as firms up and down the country were on the verge of making large numbers of redundancies. Redundancies? Once the lockdown eases, it is likely that consideration will be given to redundancies again. It will be vital that employers follow careful procedures when this occurs. Essential considerations for employers in a redundancy situation will be: • To consult with employees individually before any final decisions are made; • To have in place a fair method of selection; • To consider alternative employment where possible. Settlement Agreements? Employers prepared to pay extra will be considering trying to speed the process up with the use of legally binding settlement agreements. “Even for those in the “glass half full” camp, we can expect changes with significant impact on employment.” Collective Consultation Where there are 20 or more employees made redundant within a space of 90 days at the same establishment, there are also additional requirements for collective consultation. This is consultation with trade union representatives or representatives put in place especially for the purpose. A required period of consultation is at least 30 days, increasing to 45 days if there are a 100 or more employees involved. Changes to Terms Some employers might seek to save money without reducing the size of the workforce. Changes to hours or rates of pay will in most cases need to be agreed with the employees. For a strong business justification, it may be possible to avoid unfair dismissal by imposing changes to contract. However, there will be a premium on a fair procedure. Collective consultation may also need to be considered. On this rather gloomy note we will sign off while urging you to obtain legal advice if contemplating measures of this nature.    Virtual trade missions   Physical visits have been replaced by virtual trade missions during the pandemic. These virtual visits will run throughout June and will enable companies to find partners for the Energy Catalyst Round 8 application which will open in Summer 2020. Using the B2Match platform, UK companies will be able to take part in in-market webinars providing them with information on topics which include the energy access situation, how to do business in the market, government policies related to energy, work done by NGOs and Universities in the energy sector which will prepare them for their only pre-arranged B2B meetings. Contact: Gwen Laryea at LCCI:  Markets Rwanda, Togo, Ghana, Zambia, Malawi, South Africa, Senegal, Nepal, Vietnam, Uganda and Nigeria        Please contact Jonathan Mansfield on jonathan.mansfield@ or 07947 598148.  

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