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How can you possibly plan for Brexit?

How can you possibly plan for Brexit?

Different organisations and business sectors face different challenges and you will have your own set of threats and opportunities presented by Brexit.

Business strategy and operations are areas that you should be considering when preparing for what might lie ahead.

  1. Explore how the different possibilities of post-Brexit trading models could possibly effect your business
  2. Identify risks, opportunities and do some serious ‘thinking’ on how best to react
  3. Build flexibility into your business plan

The introduction of customs controls on EU-UK trade after Brexit will impose potentially substantial administrative burdens and risks of delay on traders. The UK government hope to achieve

highly streamlined customs arrangements to minimise requirements as far as possible. These need to be based on new technological solutions and on negotiations with the EU to continue close customs cooperation.

Undoubtedly there will remain an irreducible minimum of new obligations with which traders will have to comply on both sides of the Channel. The Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) accreditation is widely used in the EU. An AEO is an economic operator who, by satisfying certain criteria, is considered to be reliable in their customs related operations. The introduction of AEO status is the EU’s response to the need to secure international supply chains. It provides businesses with an internationally recognised quality mark which indicates that their role in the international supply chain is secure and their customs controls and procedures are efficient and compliant.

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Indications from the recent Customs Bill include reference to AEO and how it will be the cornerstone of customs trading relationship with the EU.

In turn, indicating that an AEO accredited freight partner will be crucial to achieving a smooth transition of borders to EU markets when Britain leaves the EU in March 2019. The route to becoming an AEO certified operator is an extensive and detailed process with approximately 40% of applications failing either when applying for accreditation, audit or renewal. In the UK, there are currently only approximately 600 companies registered as Authorised Economic Operator’s.

“The Brexit Strategy Audit with Spatial Global highlighted areas we needed to build in flexibility and contingency. We export all over the world and we needed to be confident we were prepared for every foreseeable scenario.“

Edward Barrington
Slack & Parr


Helping you and your organisation navigate and plan for importing and exporting post Brexit

Brexit is the most important political decision in a generation. Businesses within the UK are going through a period of prolonged uncertainty and there is a lot at stake. It matters to know what the potential impacts are regarding the economy and the business sector and more importantly, what you can do to mitigate and manage the impact and risks to your business.

The Spatial Global Brexit Strategy Audit will help provide you with in-depth and fully up to date information regarding importing and exporting after Brexit. You’ll have clear steps you and your team should be taking to manage the threat and prepare for a post Brexit environment.

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