On 29 March 2019, the UK will officially leave the EU. Irrespective of the shape of the future relationship between the EU and the UK, a customs border will be created. Whether the outcome of the negotiations leads to a Free Trade Agreement, a customs union, or whether no deal will be reached, in all scenarios a customs border will exist where this was previously not the case.
Without taking appropriate measures, businesses trading with the UK will be confronted with significant delays at the UK and EU customs borders. In the Netherlands alone, approximately 77,000 companies are trading goods with the UK and over 35,000 of these companies never dealt with customs before, and hence have no customs management in place. Appropriate measures should be taken now to prevent goods being stopped at the border post-Brexit. Because one thing is clear: Brexit will force businesses trading with the UK to deal with customs formalities.
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