Document: CEMA_Brexit_TA_guidance_document_21032019.pdf

The document provides guidance to manufacturers regarding type-approval in case of a hard Brexit

Discussions on Brexit are ongoing and at the moment of writing this article it is still uncertain when and how the UK will leave the EU. Possible scenarios include the acceptance of the withdrawal agreement by the UK Parliament, the UK could leave the EU without a withdrawal agreement on 29 March (hard Brexit) or Brexit will be delayed resulting in many more possible scenarios. For the agricultural machinery industry Brexit will have an impact in various ways and it is important to be prepared.

Guidelines on agricultural vehicle & component type-approvals

One aspect is the situation regarding type-approvals needed for machines, vehicles and its components to place products on the EU27 and the UK market after the UK leaves the EU. In case of a hard Brexit, conversions of EU type-approvals issued by UK authorities are necessary to place vehicles, vehicles and products on the EU27 market. At the same time provisional vehicle type-approvals are needed to place tractors on the UK markets after the withdrawal date. To provide guidance to manufacturers on the actions with respect to type-approval that need to be taken in case of a hard Brexit, CEMA prepared a new guidance document. It describes the main actions for several types of equipment. It needs to be noted that the situation is volatile, and it is recommended to check the latest status before making decisions. You can find the full guidance document HERE.

Guidelines on engine type-approvals

In addition, there are specific rules related to engine type-approvals that are required. For example, engines which type-approval became invalid with the introduction of Stage V, such as Stage IV transition engines <56kW and >130kW do not require a conversion of the EU type-approval issued by UK authorities. Together with other European industry associations (EUROMOT, CECE, EGMF, FEM & EUnited Municipal Equipment) CEMA developed a document describing the specific cases for engines. You can find the full guidance document HERE.