The effect of Brexit on UK logistics

Since 1st January 2021, the impact of Brexit has had a major impact on every stage of the logistics process. This means that we as an organisation have had to adapt to these changes whilst continuing to make the logistics process seamless and smooth for our clients.

Here are some of the ways that Brexit has had on the logistics industry and how Blacksmith Freight are helping clients mitigate any delays and extra cost to their import and exports.

Licences and certificates

Depending on the goods being transported, you may need a specific licence to import or export certain goods to and from Great Britain. This will include items such as animal products, fish, timber, chemicals, and plant products. You might also need to pay an inspection fee for some goods before they’re allowed in the UK.

Longer delivery times

Due to stricter border control and customs, you can expect slightly longer delivery times due to the amount of red tape and arduous documentation that is involved with shipments coming in to the UK.

We ensure that customs fees and paperwork are prepared well in advance of the shipment, which saves our clients time and money by reducing any unnecessary delays.

More custom checks and inspections

There will be tighter checks to food related imports such as meat, pasteurised milk or egg related contents that will be introduced from January 2022.

Blacksmith Freight are well-equipped to deal with the complex documentation, certifications like CHEDDS, Quarantine certifications, Import permits and Environmental

Health accreditation whilst applying quota allocation that apply to different products to help ensure timely deliveries of food products.

On a positive note, Brexit has allowed us, as a global logistics company, the opportunity to streamline processes, create more efficient solutions and improve real time visibility of shipments for our clients. In doing so, we’ve been able to give our customers more value through our customs competence and supply chain planning.

To find out more about how Brexit might affect your business and supply chain, email