On Friday 29th January, Reuters, the international news agency, visited the Jordon office to see how things were going since the end of the transition period. As you may have noticed we haven’t posted many updates recently because we are simply so busy. Whilst they were here the phones were red hot with conversations explainign to businesses what they need to do to get past the complexities of this new (or old…) dawn.
As you’ll know, one month in, trading with Europe has changed significantly and currently we are seeing huge problems for exporters in particular, getting into the EU. Whereas importers have a more free flowing route in thanks to easements, but are having to pay extremely high prices to enable hauliers to avoid these export complications, and return to the EU empty.
Exporters are having a difficult time in many ways, including compliance with regulations, rules of origin, longer transit times, bank guarantees and of course the missing capacity as trucks leave empty. All very difficult as the clock ticks and the EU customer waits, eyeing up a potential shift away from the UK market to find an easier EU supplier. Because more often than not, the client in the EU has to do some leg work too, and not all are finding this a comfortable experience.
We’ll write a more comprehensive summary as soon as we can. You can read the Reuters article and watch the video of their visit here below.
We’re still helping businesses daily with their EU customs and transport requirements and do have limited customs capacity in specific areas, so if you need help please call us here. We’ll do our best to help you with the resources we have available.
The Jordon Team