While the politicians deliberate - you can be ready
Update 29 October 2019: UK formally accepted EU extension offer to 31 January 2020, with an option for Brexit prior should a leave deal be agreed.
New Zealand agencies have developed advice sites that will assist you to cope with any changes - see below.
Agreements are in place which will ensure business continuity for importers and exporters but here are 8 things you should do:
- Visit each of the sites below. Use the checklists and note the information
- Watch for updates
- Contact the MPI and MFAT Brexit desks - they have people who can help
- Don’t expect any change for goods exported to an EU port for import into the EU or for goods exported to a UK port for import into the UK
- Don’t expect any change for goods landing in the EU and transhipped to the UK (or vice-versa)
- Expect reduced warehouse capacity between now and February 2020
- Check your importer is registered on IPAFFs for pre-clearance (see link below)
- AVOID transiting goods by truck (RORO/Chunnel) between EU and UK (in either direction) for at least 6 weeks post Brexit. Operational issues which are anticipated to create congestion and lead to extraordinary delays:
- No turn-around capacity on roads leading to ferries, for trucks with inadequate paperwork to ‘turn around’
- Border papers review
- No Road capacity to ‘fast track’ goods on trucks in queues, even with diplomatic intervention.
Brexit information pages