Find concrete solutions to your challenges
The return of customs controls, sanitary and phytosanitary controls, the constraints from rules of origin, the marking of products (CE vs UKCA), work permits and the end of freedom of movement between the UK and EU, are all directly impacting companies established in the UK and fundamentally disrupting supply chains. Only to name a few challenges:
- You import products from Asia into the UK, and then back into Europe? That means your products will be hit twice by VAT and tariffs, as they are not “Made in UK”.
- You export products of plant or animal origin into the EU, but you are struggling with sanitary and phytosanitary rules and controls?
- Your clients are complaining about delays in deliveries and unexpected costs related to tax bills or courier charges?
During this webinar we will present the solution that will enable you to adapt to Brexit's constraints.
Do you have specific questions regarding your activities? Ask them in the dedicated field of our form so that we can answer them during the webinar!
Our panel of speakers is composed of 3 specialists in trade between the EU/France and the UK:
Commercial Director at Unsworth; a recognised technology-based freight and customs broker assisting UK businesses in frictionless trade with the EU.
Charles is also a Director and Chair of British International Freight Association Policy Group for Maritime, Road & Rail, with his finger on the pulse when it comes to industry progression. He is a recognised figurehead in the industry and in building customs compliant solutions, with him remaining at the forefront of Unsworth's Customs Solutions team, driving successful processes for their clients, and continuing to steer Unsworth's strategic agenda.
Hauts-de-France representative to the United Kingdom, and Director for UK and Ireland at Nord France Invest.
Having spent several years working in financial regulation in the United Kingdom, Artus joined the cabinet of Xavier Bertrand, President of the Hauts-de-France region, in 2018 as special advisor on Brexit, in order to work on preparations to make the region as ready as possible to face the impact of Brexit. Now that the UK formally left the EU, he works with the rest of the NFI team to preserve and develop economic and business ties between the UK and the Hauts-de-France, the region in Northern France where €300 billion in annual European trade transits annually.
CEO of RM Boulanger, the French tax representative company.
RMB has been assisting foreign companies with fiscal representation for more than 40 years and is one of the largest independent VAT service provider in France. RMB is based in Lille and in Brussels and is assisting around 600 clients based in 45 countries. One of the major RMB’s skills is definitely VAT in relation with customs processes.
After four and a half years of bitter negotiations and uncertainty, the European Union and United Kingdom have finally agreed on a free trade deal, which came into force on 1st January 2021. Despite this deal, UK exports to the EU fell by more than 40% in January 2021, even though they have started to recover overall.
Challenges are substantially more difficult for the food and drink sector, whose exports to the EU fell by 40% in February 2021. This is largely due to sanitary and phytosanitary controls and the lack of veterinaries to deliver Export Helth Certificates (EHCs).
Multiple trade and industry groups voiced their concerns about post-Brexit trade obstacles and called on authorities on both sides to work towards smoothing UK/EU trade.
The British Chambers of Commerce warned about the impact of these new hurdles on UK companies’ willingness and ability to trade: in their Q1 2021 survey, of 3,000 UK exporters, more than 40% reported a fall in export sales.
These challenges are particularly affecting SMEs, who have much less resources to deal with them, and mostly have to rely on the “groupage” of multiple consignments to get them through the border, which increases the risk that they get blocked.
As the UK’s closest neighbour, the Hauts-de-France region can provide rapid, efficient and realistic solutions to UK businesses who wish to continue accessing EU markets at acceptable costs. This could be achieved, for example, by selling your goods to your clients on a DDP basis using France as your gateway to the EU. By doing so, EU clients are not involved in the customs process and UK businesses keep full control on their supply chain and delivery times.
This webinar will allow you to gain a precise understanding of the challenges ahead for your business and identify concrete and workable solutions that will preserve your hard-gained network of European clients.
How will the webinar unfold:
- Charles HOGG : solutions UK companies have started to adapt to continue accessing EU clients
- Artus GALIAY : Hauts-de-France, your gateway to EU markets
- Michael BOULANGER : how to deal with customs and tax obstacles in order to access EU markets
- Testimonies: Companies’ real-life experiences about challenges they faced in adapting their supply chain to the post-Brexit world
- Q&A – 30 min