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Guiding you through the Brexit logistics maze

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 borders to and from the UK. From the beginning of 2021 you will have to navigate your transition, from free trade across Europe, to a Brexit compliant trade. 

03 November 2020

The negotiations and developments around Brexit are ever-changing – and since publishing our last Brexit update, more has happened. As Brexit gets closer, we want to keep you up to date with the key information you need to know, so that you can prepare your logistics.

That’s why we have gathered the most recent changes in connection to Brexit and its impact on logistics.

The latest news:

  • 15th September: MPs passed a Brexit bill
    The bill is a piece of the legislation intended to fill the vacuum created by the end of EU laws and standards, in this case connected to trade between different nations in the UK. With the end of unified Brussels standards, the bill sets out rules on areas such as mutual recognition to keep trade seamless.

  • 23rd September: It was announced that exporters to the EU face 7,000-truck-long queues in Kent – the English county through which all channel tunnel traffic must move – and two-day delays to trade after the Brexit transition period ends.

  • 24th September: An update was given by the government that lorry drivers will need a permit to enter Kent after the transition period of Brexit.

  • 3rd October: British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, approve a further month of negotiations after agreeing enough progress has been made to justify a last push to reach a deal on trade and security.


What will happen in the upcoming months?

  • October 15th, 2020: The latest EU Leaders’ Summit takes place. While an agreement to extend talks has been reached, it is believed Boris Johnson and the UK government would like clarity on a number of issues before by this date.

  • December 31st, 2020: The transition period of Brexit ends and that means that the negotiations must be finished at this 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 Brexit landscape continues to change with the latest addition of the new Kent Access Permit (KAP) scheme that has been put in place for lorries entering the county of Kent from 1st of January. Close relationships and co-ordination with your logistics partners and customs agents is the key to ensuring a smooth journey.

Along with the border systems and controls put in place for customs clearance and carriers from the 1st of January 2021, time is of the essence and it’s imperative that you have the control and visibility of your supply chain. By partnering with Maersk and Twill we have a variety of solutions and experts across our logistics segment that support and guide you through the new and challenging environment.

Roxsan Bennett
Roxsan Bennett, CHB Product Manager Maersk

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 experts in their field and are here to give you the support you need to move through the Brexit maze, and stay on top of the latest updates – such as the permit for lorry drivers to enter Kent after Brexit. Find out more about Maersk’s Brexit services.

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