Thursday, September 26, 2019

UK Warehousing Association Advises on Brexit Latest

Special Edition of Informative Magazine On Line
Shipping News Feature

UK – Unsurprisingly the latest edition of NEWSrack, the online magazine published by the United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA), is heavily influenced by Brexit, or rather the lack of it. As shippers face a confused and uncertain future, the UKWA reports on the latest advice from government, offers a 'Managing Uncertainty’' guide from Associate Member Citation, and records the results of the most recent UKWA Brexit Member Poll.

That poll was reported in the Financial Times, as part of an article that claimed 50% of businesses were not ready for Brexit and, according to UKWA CEO Peter Ward, little has changed since the initial survey, conducted in the run-up to March 29th, the first Brexit deadline. All members taking part reported continued demand for additional warehouse space, although enquiries over the corresponding time in the lead up to October 31st have fallen by half. He commented:

“Stockpiling has continued, and the market generally is running close to capacity. The October 31st deadline couldn’t have come at a worse time, clashing with peak season in logistics in the run-up to Christmas, including Black Friday and Cyber Monday. UKWA members are urged to take seriously some of the risks identified in the government’s Yellowhammer document.”

The UKWA, which along with other trade associations has been working closely with HM Border Delivery Group, shares the latest EU Exit information with its members as things progress, which lately include a new Brexit helpline for traders and hauliers, decision ‘trees’ from DEFRA and HMRC for exporting goods into the EU after Brexit and details of ‘Get Ready for Brexit’ events & webinars nationwide.

One of the points brought up in the UKWA publication is that, in the case of no-deal, World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules will mean that wooden pallets must meet the standard specification and will be subject to inspection on entering the EU post Brexit. According to HM Border Planning Group, in the event of no deal, all Wood Packaging Material (WPM) moving from the UK to the EU, and from the EU to the UK, must meet ISPM15 international standards by undergoing heat treatment and marking.

Defra, the Forestry Commission and other relevant UK plant health authorities are working with the WPM sector who understand what actions they will need to take to manage this new requirement in a no-deal scenario.

This, and much more information can be gleaned from this special edition of NEWSrack which can be downloaded here.