Brexit

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.

Biocair is the only major speciality logistics provider in the UK that has a Combined Customs Simplifications/Security and Safety AEO certificate (AEOF). This demonstrates that our role in the international supply chain is secure and that our customs procedures are efficient, often exceeding EU and competitor standards.

Since the Brexit vote Biocar has:

  • Hosted a Biocair Brexit workshop on Friday 8th March 2019 in Cambridge (UK) - contact brexit@biocair.com to recieve the various presentations and discussion points
  • 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

Latest news regarding Brexit and its impact on bioscience logistics

In the event of a no deal scenario, EUR1 and ATR forms - customs documents used in trade between EU members and countries where specific trade agreements exist for preferential tariffs - will no longer be valid for tariff preferences on exports leaving the UK.

In the event of a no deal scenario, the European Community Certificate of Origin forms will no longer be valid for UK exports. These Certificates will be replaced with a new UK version. It is believed that the format and layout for the new Certificate will be almost identical to the current EC one.

Should the UK reach a Withdrawal Agreement with the EU, then the current existing documents will continue to be used throughout any transition period.

Withdrawal of the United Kingdom and EU rules for batch testing of medicinal products [link]

We know you have some important questions about Brexit...

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.

Will there be any impact to shipments destined for countries outside of the EU (such as those in North America or Africa)?

Yes, these could well be impacted as the UK will no longer be covered by existing trade deals between the EU and these countries. The increased workload for UK authorities as a result of Brexit and a higher number of shipments requiring attention could also impact such shipments and cause delays.

What would happen to my imports/exports to/from the UK in the case of a no deal?

The UK will be a third-party country; transactions are therefore expected to carry similar requirements for consignments to and from countries like the US (in the event of a no deal). There are no guarantees that this will be the case, but it is the most likely scenario.

How do I calculate duty/tariff rates?

Use the UK trade tariff on gov.uk to identify duty rates for materials to help plan for payments. Similarly, the EC Export Helpdeskcan be used to identify the EU tariff rate –access to this tool may end on 29th March however.

What are Biocair’s shipping date recommendations?

If there are no clear decisions by 22nd March, we would consider it high risk to ship out between 25th March and 5th April. This particularly applies to temperature controlled goods where we cannot guarantee access to customs for temperature maintenance.

For more information please contact your local Biocair office or email brexit@biocair.com.

Downloads

Biocair Brexit workshop slides - send an email to brexit@biocair.com to recieve the presentations and key discussion points
Preparing for Brexit - What our customers need to know [PDF]


Updated May 2019