The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has updated its Standard Trading Conditions (STC) following the end of the Brexit transition period.

BIFA said the latest edition, which replaces the 2017 revised version, reflects changes to direct/indirect representation with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Robert Keen, director general of BIFA, said: “In the same ways laws must change, so do contractual rights and obligations that flow from these changes, and therefore it is essential to review any set of industry terms against changes in legislation and industry practice.”

Keen added that the impact of the UK’s exit from the European Union (EU) on the role of direct or indirect representation has been a complex issue. “The term Customs Representative is now replaced by the Customs Agent although the concept remains largely the same,” he said.

BIFA is urging its members to ensure their company has incorporated the BIFA STC into their contracts with customers. The updated guide can be found on the trade association’s website under the information, good practice toolbox section.