At PBS we are preparing for Brexit-day, as an agreement is finalised we will expect to import European goods without tariffs, which is a relief we share with all businesses.
It may not be as easy as it was before Brexit. As the UK exits the EU's Single Market and Customs Union, border checks and customs declarations will be required for all trade.
Over the past year, we have worked closely with our suppliers to agree on the most productive travel routes to deliver goods to our customers, ensuring that our procedures comply.
Numerous delays at the UK/EU borders are already being reported and further impacts are expected, so we have strengthened our warehousing capacity and increased our inventory of stocks to protect orders. Ports have to adapt to social distancing, cleaning and fresh paperwork requirements, which together can mean that ships take longer to unload, affecting the capacity of the carrier to collect cargo from the port.
Even though there are major changes in the moving goods process, these operations take place between PBS, our suppliers and the Revenue & Customs authorities 'behind the scenes.' We will work to ensure that these process modifications run smoothly and that all goods are shipped and delivered to our customers as normal as possible.
Again, I would like to thank you for your business and on-going support during these uniquely challenging times.