Brexit update

30th August 2019

While none of us can predict exactly how Brexit will unfold, we believe it is important to remove the emotion from the issue and concentrate on the specific issues likely to impact upon our mutual business in the event of a no-deal exit from the EU.

Given the uncertainty surrounding any no deal exit, it may be impossible to cover every eventuality but we believe there are likely to be 2 key concerns:

  • Additional tariffs on paper and board
    In the event of a no deal exit, World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules would be applied automatically to the UK. Currently, the WTO tariff for both our paper and board is 0% so, all things being equal, it’s unlikely there will be additional duties applied to any of our products.
  • Additional customs checks
    For many years we have imported materials from non-EU countries so we are well versed in dealing with importing goods from outside of the “free-trade” region. However, given the possibility for the introduction of new customs checks on EU goods, none of us can predict the impact in terms of either the time taken or the additional costs involved in getting material through the import process.

 With the latter point in mind, we are registered for both TSP (Transitional Simplified Procedures) and EORI (Economic Operator Registration and Identification). 

TSP registration number: GBEIR226434868000120190618142920
EORI registration number: GB226434868000

Whilst we will do all we can to minimise any additional costs, these are beyond our control and we do reserve the right to pass on any additional charges. However, in order to lessen any potential disruption we have undertaken additional measures to allow for a more consistent and ongoing supply of our products during the initial transition period.

 These measures include:

  • Storage capacity at our Leicester warehouse has been increased - allowing us to hold approx. 30% more volume.
  • We have ordered additional volumes of our more popular stock lines.
  • Working with our customers, we can identify regular lines for their specific business and put in place increased volumes.
  • Similarly, working with our key suppliers, we will identify regular lines for our business and look to put in place additional measures to provide supply consistency.
  • Should congestion arise, a number of our suppliers have also put in place contingency measures to utilise alternative ports.

As mentioned earlier, in the event of a no deal Brexit, it’s likely the UK will enter a period of uncertainty. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss with you any specific questions you have about our business together and, should a no deal Brexit take place, look forward to working with you to ensure as smooth a transition as possible.

Please contact your usual Sales Manager should you wish to discuss this in any greater detail.