In case a no-deal Brexit happens, the general laws with regards to customs and tariffs will have to take effect immediately. Foreign trading will also be subjected to the standard checks and clearances upon arrival in customs. It will no longer be legal to adhere to special procedures that were used to be followed in Britain. This will inevitably impact specialist transport services in the country, the retailers and the consumers.
Logistics managers are not strangers to these setups. When there are delays due to the clearance processes in customers, the supply chain will suffer and the costs will be higher regardless of the mode of delivery. This is why it is no surprise that everyone in the logistics industry and freight transport in the United Kingdom and the European Union already understands the pressure upon them. The same pressure is becoming a driving force for manufacturers, logistics providers, ports and transport sector to work out plan in case they are forced to deal with a no-deal Brexit.
Providers of logistics solutions are already partnering with their customers to determine the best risk management scenario to prepare for the end result. They are also hard at work in creating an alternative supply chain processes that will be suitable for the post-Brexit scenario. Seaports are also gearing up because they know there will be more paperwork to deal with and custom clearance is already expected to cause delays.
Antwerp and Zeebrugge, two ports in Belgium, are already preparing regardless if it is a deal or no-deal Brexit. Jacques Vandermeiren, the CEO of Antwerp port, said that they are hoping that Brexit will be postpones because they are require a transition period. They believe that rushing the departure will confuse the logistics industry with regards to the checks, tariffs and rules.
Joachim Coens, the CEO of Zeebrugge port, said that they are worried about the high uncertainty. There is no clear picture as to the end result and this is why specialist transport services and the entire logistics sector have been preparing in case the worst is to happen.