Simplifying your logistics during Brexit

September 15, 2020

With the UK’s decision to leave the EU, also known as Brexit, businesses must prepare their logistics to guarantee goods’ smooth transport over the boarders to and from the UK. From the beginning of 2021, you will have to navigate the transition from free trade across Europe to a Brexit compliant trade. 

Over the past several months a lot of events, updates and changes have happened – and you might have lost track of everything in the maze of Brexit. That’s why we have gathered information, as well as expert opinionsto help you understand how you can move your cargo between the UK and the EU. 

This article gives you everything you need to know on how to navigate your business through the Brexit maze. And it shows how you can keep your business moving in these unpredictable times. 

We have gathered the most important events on Brexit of the last couple of years, leading to where we are today. 

 

What has happened so far? 

  • June 2016: Voters in the UK decided in a referendum that the UK should leave the European Union. 
  • March 2019: Brexit was due to take place but got delayed. 
  • January 31st2020: The UK officially left the EU and with this entered an 11-month transition period. 
  • March 2020: The negotiations on trade in goods and other areas started. 
  • June 30th, 2020: The deadline for the extension of the transition period passed. 

What will happen in the upcoming months? 

  • Status quo: The UK is still in the transition period – this means the UK remains in the EU’s customs union and single market and continues to obey EU rules. 
  • October 15th, 2020: Boris Johnson has set this deadline for an agreement to be in place, to allow time for ratification process and the UK and EU to get ready for the deal. 
  • December 31st, 2020: The transition period of Brexit ends and that means that the negotiations must be finished at that point. The UK will then leave the EU’s Single Market and Customs Union. This will also see other major changes happen, e.g. free movement of people will end and business trading with the EU will change and follow different rules. This can mean that if a trade deal is not in place, Britain will return to the basic World Trade Organization terms, meaning tariffs on goods and border checks. 

 

The impact of Brexit on your logistics 

Is your company trading or moving goods between the UK and EU countries? Then it is most likely involved and affected by Brexit. This is because Brexit has the potential to impact the transport of freight into and out of the UK, across different modes of transportation. 

This can mean border delays as additional paperwork and security checks will be required for your cargo. So, it is important to ensure that you work with a logistics company that understands which changes are happening anhow Brexit will impact your business operations. 

 

Twill and Maersk are here for you 

As new Brexit rules are approaching, Twill won’t let you down. Being supercharged by industry leader, Maersk, we aren’t just moving your ocean and inland transportation – we can also connect you with Maersk’s CHB experts. They are here to give you the support you need to move through the Brexit maze.  

 

Aaron Willis (Senior CHB Product Business Development Manager, Maersk):

 

“With the recent events of COVID-19, the majority of businesses within the UK have been hit hard by the pandemic, putting strains on finances and resources. Understandably, companies have been focused on getting through this period and ensuring they are still trading come 2021. That said, Brexit will not be put on hold and we at Maersk and Twill need to ensure our customers are ready for the end of the transitional period. 

Brexit and its complications can be difficult to understand for anyone within the industry, let alone businesses who have little or no understanding of the processes required come January. We want to assist all customers, old and new, through the maze of complexities around moving products from and to the EU.”   

 

With Maersk on your side, we ensure you have an experienced team who will guide you through the customs clearance process across different modes of transport. Maersk’s Customs House Brokerage (CHB) solution considers every eventuality and prepares you for a hassle-free, Brexitcompliant, operation. The solutions go beyond transactional clearance, by offering additional support on preference certifications, transit documentation, classification, flow mapping, data analysis and more. This will give you peace of mind and keep your business connected to the UK. 

 

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