Brexit - Identified issues for the sports industry

EU Trade Agreement

UK Government must work towards a EU Trade Agreement, it is imperative for our industries. 

Continued Market Access

Avoiding New Tariffs between the UK and the EU. Transparent and Easy Applicable EU-UK rules of origin. 

Customs Procedures / Codes

Alignment of documents and processes. UK will no longer apply the newly adopted Union Customs Code (UCC) but are looking to adopt their own Customs Code. Encourage UK to replicate the UCC

Licencing of Personal Protective Equipment

Personal Protective Equipment are regulated under a specific EU Regulation (2016/425) to ensure that safe personal protective equipment can be marketed in all EU Member states. UK must remain involved in the work of PPE.

Standards and Testing Requirements

The UK must retain their membership of CEN to ensure that future standards continue to be aligned. 

Free Movement of Workers & Reciprocal rights

Our industries employ many highly-qualified workers – regardless of their nationality – in their headquarters, distribution centres and other facilities located in the EU and UK. It is of paramount importance to ensure free movement of workers and reciprocal rights.

Intellectual Property Rights

The sporting goods industry is among the key IPR intensive industries. IPRs facilitate strong brand recognition and protection and they promote continued innovation which is essential to progress in the global economy. In addition, for safety reasons, it is of paramount importance to ensure that our products are efficiently protected worldwide. Collaboration amongst national customs authorities and specific EU agencies (Europol, EUIPO) remains a key element of the fight against counterfeiting. 

Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Regulations

REACH and the other major European Chemical legislation such as the Biocidal products regulation and the Toy Safety Directive or the CLP Regulation are the cornerstone of EU chemicals legislation with global recognition, setting harmonised rules for the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals in the EU. It is fundamental that countries adopt an approach regarding chemicals as harmonised as possible.

Cross Border Trade Restrictions

Sporting goods are often distributed through selective distribution or licence agreements. EU law operates to broadly allow passive selling cross border regardless of the agreements. With the UK leaving the EU would this mean no such allowance for passive selling between the UK and EU.

Costs in Relation to Implementing New Procedures

Costs and Paperwork should be kept to a minimum in relation to new procedures from March 2019.

Minimum Advertised Pricing (MAP)

In the USA they have Minimum Advertised Pricing (MAP), this protects both the supplier and the consumer in that it stops unscrupulous retailers advertising financially unsustainable retail prices on products that they do not stock. Many Online Retailers have gone into administration with devastating consequences – it is clear facts that their behaviour of enticing consumers in on prices that are clearly not financially viable should be evidence alone that some form of protection for both parties is needed.

Over the coming weeks, the FSPA is meeting UK Government to discuss the areas of concern raised, if you would like to be involved in these meetings please contact Jane Montgomery, Managing Director on jane@sportsandplay.com