Is your business Brexit-ready?

The clock is ticking and with the summer months whizzing by Brexit Day (October 31) will be upon us before we know it.

The appointment of Boris Johnson as our new Prime Minister has brought a heightened sense of urgency to the UK’s Brexit planning but it’s thought many businesses are still unprepared for life after the EU.

Fortunately, organisations left, right and centre are providing daily advice for businesses so they can take action and be prepared.

The Government has published its own guidance for businesses, including what will happen should the UK leave the EU without a deal. And, the good news is, the information is being updated regularly.

We posted a useful blog back in March (when the UK had originally been due to exit Europe) about what your business should be doing to prepare. The majority of what we wrote then is still relevant now for those companies trading overseas.

The single biggest action you need to take if you wish to keep on sending goods to Europe is to make sure you have an Economic Operator Registration Identification (EORI) number which starts with GB.

If you do not get one you may incur increased costs and delays. It’s a simple process and you will get it either straight away or within a few days if HMRC requires more details.

You will also need to make custom declarations if you trade with non-EU countries, or if you trade with EU countries after a no-deal Brexit.

Completing a customs declaration can be a complicated process and you’ll need specific software to communicate with HMRC so more often than not businesses decide to get help.

At Global Freight Services we have a trained team of experts which can deal with customs declarations on your behalf and complete all the relevant paperwork so it’s one less thing for you to worry about.

This way you can focus on other day to day business matters.

For further information on how we can help your business prepare for Brexit email or call us on 0044 (0)1952 270 699.