Biocair is fully engaged in the Brexit process and has detailed plans in place.
As a leading biosciences logistics company with global reach, our European operations are integral to the strategic ambitions of Biocair. Following the UK’s decision to withdraw from the EU, we want to reassure our customers that, while there may be some challenges ahead, our specialists are monitoring developments and there will be no compromise on the level of service being delivered to you.
We have produced a Brexit guide for our customers and will keep you up to date with the latest news. The guide includes information regarding the possible scenarios for the next phase of Brexit, implications of a no deal Brexit for the biosciences logistics industry as well as recommendations from trade bodies for businesses to control the impact of a hard Brexit on their organisation.
Since the Brexit vote Biocar has:
- Created a strategic Brexit team involving key personnel from all departments
- Conducted a thorough impact analysis
- Worked with key authorities to have our say on behalf of our customers
- Ensured our interests have been taken into account - no tariffs and free movement of goods
What will Biocair do next?
- Remain fully engaged in the Brexit process
- Publish regular updates to our customers
We know you have some important questions about Brexit...
What's the latest on Brexit?
After months of negotiation, in November 2018 the UK and EU agreed a Brexit deal. It comes in two parts:
- A 585-page withdrawal agreement. This is a legally-binding text that sets the terms of the UK's divorce from the EU. It covers how much money the UK owes the EU - an estimated £39bn - and what happens to UK citizens living elsewhere in the EU and EU citizens living in the UK. It also proposes a method of avoiding the return of a physical Northern Ireland border.
- A 26-page statement on future relations. This is not legally-binding and sketches out the kind of long-term relationship the UK and EU want to have in a range of areas, including trade, defence and security.
When is the UK due to leave the EU
For the UK to leave the EU it had to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty which gives the two sides two years to agree the terms of the split. Theresa May triggered this process on 29 March, 2017, meaning the UK is scheduled to leave at 2300 GMT on 29 March, 2019. A European court has ruled that the UK can decide to stop the process. Alternatively it can be extended if all 28 EU members agree, but at the moment all sides are focusing on that date as being the key one, and Theresa May has put it into British law.
What if there's no deal?
The UK government has been planning for a no deal scenario, while stressing it's unlikely. If the UK leaves the EU with no deal by March 2019, EU shipments would be treated the same as rest of world (ROW) parcels.
What does a no customs agreement mean for cross-border shipments?
Currently there is free movement of goods between EU countries. However, if there is no customs agreement post Brexit, shipments are likely to incur duties and require customs clearance.
For more information please contact your local Biocair office.
Updated January, 2019