Although we’re now only days away from the long-awaited activation of Article 50, the pound is proving resilient and its best levels of the week could be yet to come. For more details from Currency Direct click here.
Average asking prices in London have hit a record high of £650,000, with price growth driven by rising demand in the outer boroughs. To read the full article from Homes & Property click here.
On the 3rd April 2017, BAR Company Secretary, Paul Swindon, will be attending a panel session at The Conveyancing Association Annual General Meeting at the House of Commons, to represent and discuss the challenges and frustrations that Removers might face as part of the wider home moving process.
This is in response to a White Paper published by the Conveyancing Association titled ‘Modernising the Home Moving Process’ which sets out their suggestions for ‘completion certainty’ for the consumer.
Members are invited to share their opinions, ideas and suggestions within the BAR Members forum of the same title, or by emailing email@example.com, for consideration at the forthcoming CA panel session.
Please note that the Conveyancing Association will be attending the BAR Conference 2017 in Cardiff on Friday 19th May to share their findings.
Prices sought by sellers of UK homes rose 1.3% month-on-month in March 2017, according to the latest house price index published on Monday (20 March) by Rightmove, the UK online real estate portal and property website. To read more click here.
Multi-million pound road improvement schemes announced today by Highways England are set to help create almost 11,000 jobs unlock the development of more than 4,000 homes. To read the full article from .GOV.UK click here.
Here is your weekly commercial drivers travel update from TfL, which sets out changes and events that could affect your planned operations. Click here to download the latest commercial drivers bulletin for full details
According to The Guardian, robust consumer spending and a brighter outlook for trade and investment will mean the UK’s economic slowdown this year is less severe than previously feared, the British Chambers of Commerce has predicted. To read more click here.
By comparison, house prices are expected to climb at a slightly slower rate of 18% over the same period, says RICS. To read more click here.
Here is your weekly commercial drivers travel update, which sets out changes and events that could affect your planned operations.
EU-Imports of certain specific greenhouse gases (the hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, sulphur hexafluoride and other greenhouse gases) and products containing these gases are regulated on the basis of Regulation No 517/2017 / EU as of 1 January 2017. The aim of this regulation is to contribute to the limitation of climate change by reducing the emissions of fluorinated greenhouse gases in the EU. To achieve this goal, the placing on the market of specific fluorinated greenhouse gases and products that contain these gases is subject to quotas which will be steadily reduced. The greenhouse gas HFC-134a (also traded under the name R-134a) is also affected and has been used as cooling liquid in air conditioning of cars for instance.
The implantation process of the new regulations is still ongoing in some port agencies and it is not always clear whether or not cars with air conditioning containing fluorinated greenhouse gas as part of the removal of household goods is affected by the new regulation.
Regulation 517/2017 states in Article 14:
Pre-charging of equipment with hydrofluorocarbons
- From 1 January 2017 refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump equipment charged with hydrofluorocarbons Shall not be placed on the market unless hydrofluorocarbons charged into the equipment are accounted for within the quota system referred to in Chapter IV.
- When placing pre-charged equipment as referred to in paragraph 1 on the market, manufacturers and importers of equipment shall ensure that compliance with paragraph 1 is fully documented and shall draw up a declaration of conformity in this respect.
It is important to note that “place on the market” in the context of the Regulation is defined as:
For the purposes of this Regulation the following definitions apply:
(10) ‘placing on the market’ means supplying or making available to another party in the Union for the first time, for payment or free of charge, or using for its own account in the case of a producer, and includes customs release for free circulation in the Union;
When importing vehicles, refrigerators etc. as part of the household goods, a “supply or making available to another party in the Union” is not taking place. The customer transferring his residency is owner of the imported car etc. and he is importing it as part of the household goods for private purposes / for its own use.
FEDEMAC is of the opinion, that passenger cars, refrigerators, air-conditioning units, etc., which are imported as part of the household goods, even if they contain refrigerants, are not subject to the scope of Regulation No 517/2017 / EU.
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