The UK’s EU departure date is fast approaching, yet how it will be conducted remains unclear. All possible scenarios are still on the table: deal, no deal, pausing or cancelling Brexit and with little time left on the Brexit clock, the only certainty is uncertainty.
In December 2018, the EU published its ‘no-deal’ Contingency Action Plan outlining temporary measures in critical areas designed to lessen the impact of such a departure. However, no matter what route the UK takes out of the EU, Brexit will likely create a new reality for the logistics and supply chains currently in place between EU Member States and the UK.
In a 'no deal' Brexit scenario, all relevant EU legislation on import and export will apply to goods moving between the EU and the UK. Inspections and custom formalities for freight traffic in and out of the UK will take place from one day to the next after Brexit. This situation could lead to disruption in the supply chain, resulting in delays and losses.
Given the potential for disruption to ‘just-in-time’ supply chains and lean production strategies, it is imperative that companies understand all of the potential Brexit-related delivery ramifications and are prepared for all eventualities.
At Crawford, we are well versed in the art of dealing with rapidly-evolving situations, and Brexit is no different. Our dedicated Marine and Transportation specialists are ready to provide a solution and quickly deploy the right people to the site of an incident from our offices close to the main ports of the Netherlands and Belgium.
Our teams are highly trained and can apply industry-leading expertise across all areas including simple cargo surveys, loss control analysis, adjustment of ocean or inland marine claims, complete third-party administration services, centralised claims intake and complicated hull and machinery liability attendances.
As part of a global business with offices in the UK and throughout Europe, we are well positioned and prepared to carry on business as usual and to assist you and your clients in the best possible way. Whatever the scale or complexity of the service required, our clients can be assured of a professional approach, delivered by highly-qualified personnel with extensive experience, whatever the Brexit has in store.
Should you require further information, please contact our Marine and Transportation department in Rotterdam.
Tel.+ 31 (0)10 453 5535.