The need to retain frictionless trade in a facilitated customs arrangement

In a week that’s seen front benchers David Davis and Boris Johnson resign amidst turmoil regarding the UK’s proposed trading relationship with the EU, our CEO, Mike Danby, shares his views on the facilitated customs arrangement:

“At this point, any certainty amid the chaos will be appreciated by business and industry, particularly exporters and those involved in supply chain and logistics. Continued reliance on guesswork at this late stage is completely unacceptable. Continuity is essential for our customers come what may in March 2019, so we have already developed contingency plans in the event of a no deal outcome, with a European facility now open and operational in the Czech Republic. However, that won’t be the case for every business and there are many SMEs whose livelihoods depend on the government striking the ‘right’ deal and retaining frictionless trade.

“The prospect of shortages and customs backlogs grows more likely as discussions continue to rumble on – that’s an issue that will affect everyone. The importance of getting a solid agreement firmed up quickly really can’t be overstated.

“This being said, it’s positive that the new solution being tabled is focused on technology – we’ve long highlighted the under-utilisation of tech and data in logistics and have invested significantly in developing that innovation within our own business.”

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