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News Alert – Update on Brexit: What To Expect

October 03, 2019

Arpin International Group would like to provide you with an update on Brexit. Unless a withdrawal agreement is passed by Parliament and agreed to with the European Union (EU), the United Kingdom is leaving the EU on the 31 October.

Freedom of movement around the EU will become more restricted for non-EU nationals and costs for our clients will most likely increase with the expense of visas, residency cards, and other types of bureaucracy.

Dover-Calais channel crossing, one of Britain’s most important trade routes to Europe, is the subject of intense discussion in the Brexit talks. Delays of 48 hours are expected post Brexit increasing cost of transportation.

Our supply chains have applied for access into the European Union via an EU member and have been issued an EORI number (Economic Operator Registration and Identification). This will be activated after the UK leaves the EU and can be used for all customs formalities in the EU. Without a EORI number, delays will significantly increase.

If the UK leaves without a withdrawal agreement, the necessary paperwork and the customs clearance process for both exporting and importing is unknown.

If the UK leaves with an agreement, there will be a two-year transition period while a trade deal to simplify transportation processes is negotiated.

In the meantime, Parliament has passed The Benn Act to prevent the UK leaving without a withdrawal agreement. If no agreement has been passed by Parliament by the 19 October, the act requires the Prime Minister to seek a three-month extension while negotiations are ongoing. However, any extension has to be with the agreement of the EU.

Please do not hesitate to contact your local Arpin office for more information.