What are the consequences for your business if customs after the Brexit don't need two, but four minutes to let a truck pass from or to the United Kingdom? The transport and logistics sector as well as the customs authorities expect huge traffic jams on both sides of the Channel Tunnel or the North Sea.
The Netherlands play an important role in trade with the United Kingdom. Not only as an exporter of its own products such as flowers, dairy products and fruit, but also as an importer for its own market and as a transit port of goods to and from the United Kingdom. The impact that the Brexit will have on the Dutch business community is therefore wide. The transport and logistics sector will mainly suffer from increased administrative burden and cost-increasing delays and obstacles, because the United Kingdom is no longer part of the European Union (EU).
Research shows that many companies in both the United Kingdom and the EU are barely preparing themselves. Often because 'one does not know which way it goes'. We advise the companies for whom the trade with the United Kingdom is of importance to at least identify what Brexit means for the company.
Some matters that may affect your company:
Transport and logistics companies can think about the need for expansion or reduction of facilities in the United Kingdom and the EU respectively. What is a good location for expansion? Getting a shipment from an online order within a day in the United Kingdom will be a challenge. Just-in-time deliveries become a huge gamble. Is there sufficient skilled staff available? Will cabotage still be possible or will the truck return empty in the near future? Do you need a special permit to drive to the United Kingdom? What risk do you face if you invest in a new vehicle fleet for your journeys in the United Kingdom now?
These questions do not concern import duties or VAT, but are even more important, if possible. Do you think you have enough time left, relating to proposed transitional arrangement until 31 December 2020? Then you are an optimist or a gambler. The United Kingdom and / or the EU could just not agree with the transitional arrangement and then 29 March 2019 is very near. Our advice is: go to work. Don't wait any longer.