Brexit, logistics and the future


We’ve refrained from mentioning the ‘B’ word when we’ve been busy dealing with the ‘C’ word, but, as the 31st December deadline looms ever closer, it seemed worthy of comment, albeit brief.

Currently, it seems as if the approach to Brexit, just as many other elements of 2020, has no clear definition or guidance, and it is perhaps that which is most concerning to our industry.

Never before has the role of the supply chain and logistics industry been more highlighted, and also more appreciated, then when lockdown struck. Designated as a key industry and its staff as key workers, people worked tirelessly to cope with uplift in demand and increased storage requirements – not only as demand peaked but also as it waned in certain sectors – and the industry displayed a general ‘can-do’ attitude in doing their bit to keep the country running.

All we ask now is that this is remembered, and the industry is given the help and legislation it needs to be able to navigate its way through future choppy waters with success.

Britain’s businesses are feeling the strain, and the added worry of a hard and challenging Brexit is the last thing that frankly anyone needs.

According to a recent article the government estimates that, from 2021, there will be over 400m extra customs checks a year on goods going to and from the EU. As an industry just one question seems most prevalent. How will this be achieved, and what impact will it have on businesses, supply chains and haulage companies both leaving and entering the UK? We think it’s time for some clear and final answers.

To prepare for any and every eventuality, certain business sectors are exploring the options of accruing more stock than normal so that, should there be an issue, with access to and from the EU, customs requirements and legislation they are better prepared. Indeed, the Department of Health have actively advised the stockpiling of six weeks’ worth of medication and drugs to alleviate any problems that occur.

However, with accrual of stock comes the added issue of how this is stored and how it is distributed when required. This is where the 3PL side of the supply chain comes into play. So, whether its simply storage and distribution you require, or a complete product processing and fulfilment solution on either a fixed or long term basis, we can create a bespoke strategy to ensure the challenges of Brexit are handled as smoothly as possible.

At Carlton Forest we have a proven track record of delivering great service and have the ability to be as adaptable as you need. An OTIF figure of 99.8% shows our commitment to getting it right, giving our customers peace of mind that their 3PL, supply chain and warehousing requirements are being professionally handled. 600,000 sq ft of warehouse space is available and, due to the way in which our contracts and customers seamlessly integrate, it is possible that we can handle large and short notice requests, as well as smaller amounts of pallet spaces and those customers who prefer a long term 3PL strategy.

As an industry, and as a nation, let’s make this work.

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