Life isn’t getting any easier for companies as Brexit continues. Few companies see signs of any “light at the end of the tunnel”. And UK companies worry that they are losing business, as EU-based suppliers/customers turn to local business partners to avoid Brexit-related paperwork hassle and delivery delays.
We had a very positive response to the last Editors Note, introducing our new business model. Many companies have a real need to talk to experts about the problems they are facing. As one manager told us, “I’ve watched hundreds of videos, but I’m not any clearer about what I need to do”. And they are not alone, as the Financial Times confirms:
“As we approach the end of month four, Brexit Briefing’s inbox is still filling up with stories of continuing frustration, and not just with agribusinesses.
“The Office for Budget Responsibility, the independent fiscal watchdog, has estimated that exports and imports “will be around 15% lower in the long run”, which roughly matches last month’s ONS trade data for imports.
“What is concerning some industries is the lack of progress that is being made, particularly on clearing plants and animal products through EU customs, and so-called “groupage” where small businesses sent individual pallets to fill a container.”
It’s not just Customs & Tariffs and Rules of Origin that are causing problems. Issues around N Ireland continue to create major confusion, especially after the UK government suspended parts of the Protocol. And today’s news of a possible ‘no confidence’ vote in First Minister Arlene Foster adds to the concerns, especially with UK premier Boris Johnson now under investigation by the Electoral Commission.
There are no easy answers to the problems being caused by Brexit. But our team brings unique experience to the issues. We were all working in UK-EU imports/exports before the Single Market/Customs Union began in 1993. And we have seen the issues from all sides, when working for major companies as well as for SMEs.