The Charity Retail Association says it is delighted to get government confirmation that charity shops will still be allowed to sell second hand goods marked with the CE label if the UK leaves the European Union without a deal.
The CE label shows that goods confirm with health, safety, and environmental protection standards for products sold within the European Economic Area. Charity Retail Association members were alarmed by government plans to replace the CE marking with a UK-only equivalent in the event of a no deal Brexit. Charity retailers worried that they could be left large amounts of unsaleable stock as a result. They were also concerned about the potential cost of re-labelling large amounts of stock.
The Charity Retail Association – the UK’s only trade body for charity shops – wrote to the Business Secretary Greg Clark last month, calling on him to protect the sector and ensure that second hand goods with a CE label can continue to be sold.
The government has confirmed that CE marked goods – whether new or second hand – can continue to be sold in the UK. In response to a parliamentary question, Kelly Tolhurst, parliamentary under-secretary at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, said the government would to adopt a “continuity approach” and continue to recognise CE marking for a time limited period.