New chapter for UK outside European Union in 2021

UK goods exports increaseA new era has begun for the United Kingdom, after separation from the European Union was formally completed, at 11pm on 31st January 2020.

The Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps reported that: “border traffic had been low due to the bank holiday, but there had been no disruption in Kent as hundreds of lorries crossed the Channel with a small number turned back.” Read more in the BBC news article >

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IFS are prepared and ready to assist you with your shipping requirements in 2021. Call our friendly and helpful team on: +44 (0) 1709 610 000, or simply message us.

Let IFS support you after the Brexit transition period concludes on the 31st December

Is your business ready for Exporting/Importing to/from the EU following Brexit changes to trade? January will be here before you know it and that means it’s time to get prepared!

Brexit’s getting closer than everNegotiations are ongoing between the UK and the EU, but from January 1st 2021 all UK trade with the EU will be conducted under either a Free Trade Agreement or with World Trade Organisation terms. So it’s time now to prepare for this as there will be changes to cross-border shipping processes.

‘Deal or no deal’ all shipments between GB and the EU will be subject to customs formalities meaning more information will be required from you.

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A new vitality in French economics

Things have been tough in the French economy over the last decade. Slow to fight back the economic slump of the Great Recession of the late 2000’s any growth has been slow at best.

Fortunately the tide seems to be turning. With the election of Emmanuel Macron as the new centrist President, a fresh new wave of vigour has swept the French economy.

This new rise of optimism has brought a record stretch of growth for France. E-commerce is growing in particular and businesses would do well to include France as an important market to trade with.

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Strawberry exports up!

In 2018 Britain saw it’s largest ever export of strawberry shipments. This was a 56% leap in export value says HMRC.

A record £3.9 million British strawberries were shipped in 2018. The Netherlands did pretty well too as the largest market, growing by a whopping 361% between 2017 and 2018!

Our International Trade Secretary, Liam Fox remarked:

“As Wimbledon starts, and with the ‘Great British Summer of Sport’ in full swing, I am delighted that Britain’s exporters are serving up a treat, with more people than ever before enjoying classic British strawberries and cream.” Read more in an article at: fruitnet.com >

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Logistics expert warns ‘permanent customs union’ alone would not be enough

An international logistics expert has warned that even a permanent post-Brexit customs union with the EU would not alone mean frictionless trade with the bloc for British businesses.

Mr Johnson, director of Leeds-based Tudor International Freight, explained: “The UK, as a full EU member, is currently part of the bloc’s customs union, covering its constituent countries and some other states.

“A customs union is essentially an arrangement under which nations agree to waive tariffs – import taxes – on goods sent from one member to another. Members also agree to charge common tariffs on items entering their territories from outside countries. Customs unions can take various forms – there are 16 operating globally, their details comprising varying mixes of cross-border integration and national autonomy.”

Read more from the online International Trade Magazine.

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