Operate after Brexit

Transport and logistics - top things to consider

Transport and logistics - top things to consider

A trade deal between the EU and the UK has been agreed and there are actions you should be taking now to reduce risk to transport and logistics. These will ensure your goods get to market and you get the imports your business needs to operate.

Government and industry guidance

Access the latest information in the GOV.UK Haulier Handbook

Essential RHA guidance for hauliers crossing the border into France

1. Consider alternative transport routes to/from the EU27

Since 1 January 2021 the UK has operated a full, external border as a sovereign nation. This means that controls have been placed on the movement of goods between Great Britain and the EU.

It remains likely that logistical issues will be experienced at the short strait crossing at Dover, with perishable and 'just in time' deliveries likely to be most affected.

There is capacity in the freight system in Scotland, so if delays at the Channel crossings arise then it might be possible to avoid these by re-routing or moving from roll on roll off, to container-based shipping. Your logistics provider will be able to advise you.

UK Government guidance

GOV.UK guidance on carrying out international road haulage from 1 January 2021

Moving goods into, out of, or through Northern Ireland from 1 January 2021

Access the list of sites from which hauliers and HGV drivers can get advice on transporting goods to the EU after 1 January 2021

Key trade associations

Logistics UK information on trade after Brexit

Road Haulage Association - updates for international operators following the EU exit

2. Review your supply chain, particularly if you have European suppliers

Do your supplies come through Dover or other ports that might be affected by congestion?

Are there alternative routes or sources of supply that you could use?

Have you considered sourcing from within the UK or shipping directly into Scottish ports or airports?

Further details on supply chain mapping 

3. Consider the impact delays might have on your cashflow

Adjust financial forecasts if needed. Speak to your bank or other lender to discuss more flexible borrowing arrangements.

4. Keep up to date with changes to export/import documentation and permit requirements

The UK Government has provided advice on transporting goods out of the UK by road. This covers issues including operator licenses, permits and export documents.

Getting someone to deal with customs for you - how freight forwarders can help 

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How can a customs intermediary or agent help me?

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On 8 October 2020 the UK Government published its Border Operating Model, a guide to how the border with the EU will work after the transition period. This provides detail of the aforementioned documentation and checks.

The Border and Protocol Delivery Group have produced a video series on border readiness at the end of the transition period on the following: 

Short Straits and Landbridge 

Direct Maritime Routes 

Further guidance

Using Scotland's export hubs: Information for fish exporters

Understanding VAT after Brexit

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