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Transport and logistics - 5 things to consider

While the terms of the UK’s EU exit remain unclear, there are actions you should be taking now to ensure your goods get to market and you get the imports your business needs to operate.

1. Consider alternative transport routes to/from the EU27

In the event of a no-deal EU exit the main logistical issues will be seen at the short strait crossing at Dover, with perishable and 'just in time' deliveries likely to be most affected:

There is capacity in the freight system in Scotland, so if delays at the Channel crossings materialise then it might be possible to avoid these by re-routing or moving from roll on roll off to container-based shipping. Your logistics provider will be able to advise you.

Highways England is sharing updates of the stacking operation that will be put in place if queues develop in the South East of England. If you think this is likely to impact your business we recommend that you contact your logistics provider now to discuss alternative arrangements.

2. Review your supply chain, particularly if you have European suppliers

Do your supplies come through Dover or other ports that might be affected by a no deal Brexit?

Are there alternative routes or sources of supply that you could use?

Have you considered sourcing from within the UK or shipping directly into Scottish ports or airports?

Further details on supply chain mapping 

3. Apply for financial support

If you are a small or medium sized business you may be eligible for a Brexit Support Grant to review and optimise logistical arrangements.

4. Consider the impact delays may have on your cashflow

Adjust financial forecasts accordingly. Speak to your bank or other lender now if you need to discuss more flexible borrowing arrangements.

5. Keep up to date with changes to export/import documentation and permit requirements

Hauliers can now continue to use their existing EU Community Licences until 31 December 2019 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. However, they will need an ECMT permit to transport goods through EU or EEA countries to non-EU or EEA countries who are ECMT members.

How to apply for an ECMT permit

However, there is a range of other documentation you may need, to ensure products can be cleared at border controls, including roll on roll off ports and Eurotunnel as quickly as possible.

Check if you need a certificate to export food, drink and agricultural products and read other guidance for exporting animals, fish, animal and fish products

Use this service to notify UK authorities you are planning to import animals, animal products, high-risk food or animal feed of non-animal origin


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