By Paul Westron, Head of UK Operations
At time of writing, we still do not know exactly when or how the UK will leave the European Union (EU).
Those who ship goods in and out of the UK have been told to prepare, but it is still unclear as to what to prepare for. What we do know is that it is likely that there will be a significant increase in the amount of paperwork needed to move shipments across borders, at least for the first few months of our transition, and we will likely need customs declarations on imports.
This disruption will initially create delays. There will be many people in the industry that won’t be old enough to have experienced the pre-EU way of doing things and this additional paperwork may come as a shock, especially as currently the infrastructure is not in place to deal with this.
At DG International, we are prepared as we can be. As we see it, the worst-case scenario after the UK leaves the EU is that we will simply have to treat EU imports and exports as if they are being sent from or delivered to a country outside of the Union, such as China. If we prepare for this scenario, we prepare for anything.
Technology will come into its own as a way of solving many issues at customs borders. Instead of reverting to having freight teams at every point of entry into the UK, digital solutions will be able to ease the pressure of monitoring and approving freight. At DG International, we are investing in our own digital platform to give customers more control over their shipments by tracking every movement to avoid any surprises, which will be crucial during this transition period.
No matter what the outcome for freight travelling in and out of the UK is, DG International is ready to continue giving customers the best possible service, wherever in the world they operate.
Read our previous Brexit update here.