Posted 23rd August 2018
The movement of goods and the UK’s future trading relationship with Europe is one of the most pertinent issues facing Brexit negotiators.
After the government recently issued a long list of advice on how businesses can prepare for a no deal Brexit – suggesting that it could be possibility – our chairman Ian Baxter featured in several publications including the Freight Business Journal and Business Desk.
Here’s what Ian had to say:
“No deal is simply not an option for British businesses. Instead, we hope that the government comes to a sensible arrangement with a sensible transition period. This is still the priority for the government and that should continue along the lines of the Chequers Plan. Failure to reach an agreement is bound to inflict serious harm on our economy.”
With regards to the government’s no deal advice around logistics and movement of goods specifically ‘Business trading with the EU should start planning for new customs checks, and might have to pay for new software or logistical help’, Ian commented:
“In the event of a no deal outcome, all goods between the UK and the EU will be subject to customs clearance procedures. This means that businesses trading with the EU (which is the large majority of our customer base) will need to provide certificates of origin, specific tariff numbers and other supporting documents for every job. Putting this together for every shipment will represent a big mountain for some businesses to climb in a very short space of time. Shipments will also be subject to tariffs and any quotas.
“However, at Baxter Freight, we’re not panicking and we specialise in advising businesses on customs requirements so we’re confident we can help keep goods moving as fast as possible in whatever circumstances arise.”
If you’re unsure of how to plan for Brexit, please get in touch if you’d like help or advice or if we can assist you in any way.
Our experienced teams can advise you on the best course of action: whether that’s with stock piling, putting in place contingency plans for parts of your supply chain or simply understanding the rules of origin around goods and preparing documents for customs clearance.
Minimising the challenges and maximising the opportunities for our customers is what we are focused on every day.
Although it’s difficult to say what the outcome of Brexit will mean for businesses, what we do know is that we stand ready to help you cope with whatever comes in the best way possible.