Brexit implications for freight forwarding and how FSC Oceans can help

Brexit implications for freight forwarding and how FSC Oceans can help

March 07th 2019

Transporting goods in and out of the country can be a complex process at the best of times, but uncertainty surrounding the impending exit from the EU (whenever that may be and whatever form that may take) has undoubtedly added to the stress.

While the implications of Brexit are likely to reach all corners of the economy, the ramifications for global supply chains and international freight forwarding are undeniable.

The problem is exacerbated by the fact that no-one is really sure yet what Brexit will look like, whether there will be a deal or not and whether the March 29 deadline will stand.

There are potential wide-ranging implications for customs at the borders, on trade deals and tariffs with other countries and the documentation required for transporting goods, vehicles and their drivers outside the UK.

The one thing we probably can bank on is that there will be new rules, regulations and paperwork to keep on top of – a very challenging task in such a constantly changing landscape.

As international freight forwarding specialists, it is our business to stay abreast of all the latest Brexit news to make sure we can limit the impact for our customers, which ultimately comes down to ensuring the quick and speedy transportation of your goods to any location in the world.

This means staying informed on the endless stream of information and advice from the Government, while monitoring the activities of those lobbying for the best outcomes on issues such as simplification of shipping processes.

Some of the Brexit issues and news we’re keeping an eye on include:

Plans announced by the Government to phase in pre-arrival forms for EU imports, known as Entry Summary Declarations, in the event of a no-deal Brexit. These will not be needed for a transitional period of six months after March 29.

HMRC has announced the introduction of simpler importing procedures, known as Transitional Simplified Procedures, to ease congestion at sea ports for an initial 12-month period if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Trade deals are currently negotiated at an EU level and the UK will need to negotiate new deals with the rest of the world. However, due to the size and capacity of UK ports, this will likely mean goods having to be trans-shipped from Europe.

Clarification needed on the documentation required for goods, trucks and licenses for drivers travelling across borders to ensure there are no added delays caused by unnecessary red tape.

There are also concerns around the potential cessation of current juxtaposed controls which exist on customs and immigration procedures in France and Kent for cross-channel movements.

How freight forwarding specialists can help

Using the services of a freight forwarding specialist can be extremely beneficial at the best of times, but even more valuable in the months to come. Not only can we save you time and money, our specialist, knowledgeable advisors will ensure that you stay complaint with your paperwork.

We work with customers of all sizes, across a variety of sectors, including automotive, FMCG, industrial, oil and gas, high tech, retail and marine logistics, which means we have experience of the documentation required in pretty much every area imaginable.

We have built long-term relationships and exclusive contracts with leading air, sea and road carriers which we’ll be maximising to keep your freight moving from source to final delivery on time despite these challenging times.

Efficient logistics are vital to the UK economy and our experts will be working tirelessly to mitigate the impact to our customers wherever possible.

Contact FSC Oceans for more information about your international freight forwarding needs.