If Britain’s retail businesses are to protect their trading links with customers across Europe and beyond from the end of the year, it is vital that they prepare as fully as possible for the post-Brexit trading environment, according to business group Logistics UK.
Alex Veitch, General Manager of Public Policy at Logistics UK, comments that those moving goods can only do so much to prepare for the conditions: “EU Exit is not just the domain of logistics businesses moving goods internationally – companies from across multiple industries, including retailers and manufacturers, must evaluate how the new trading environment post-Brexit will impact their operations and take steps to prepare. Those whose goods and services are being moved by logistics operators have a responsibility to ensure they are Brexit-ready and must not leave everything to the last minute.
“Although the final shape of the EU-UK trade agreement is yet to be finalised, there is still so much industry can do now to help to ensure a smooth transition, and these preparations are not reliant upon a trade deal being reached. A brand-new set of border readiness processes and systems will need to work effectively from 1 January 2021 if disruption to the flow of goods across borders is to be avoided, many of which must be completed before any part of the supply chain starts to move.”
“Without the correct paperwork and declarations being made, there is a risk of significant delays and potential fines which would be applied to the individual drivers themselves. Logistics UK is here to help, and is urging businesses from the retail sector that trade with the EU to start preparing now, or risk fracturing supply chains and encountering lengthy delays.”