As you will be aware the UK left the European Union on the 31st January 2020 and the transition period after Brexit comes to an end on 31st December 2020.
The UK government are negotiating and working on plans with the EU to complete a trade deal by the 31st December 2020. However, until that time we are still faced with a period of uncertainty and what the future relationship will eventually look like.
We continue to review the latest developments and more specifically have been taking steps to ensure our business is prepared for a ‘no deal’ outcome:
The vast majority of the products and systems supplied by the Encon Group are manufactured in the UK. Nevertheless, we are aware that some of the raw materials and other components are imported for manufacture. Each manufacturer has their own preparation strategies with many of our partners increasing their stock holdings, seeking out alternative sources for materials and/or aligning plans with haulage companies to minimise any delays at borders. We are therefore working very closely with our supply partners to ensure we do our utmost to eliminate any disruption to our customers and their projects.
Until the outcome of Brexit is known it is difficult to comment on the potential impact on costs of materials. It is possible additional costs will be incurred from suppliers if import taxes and duties are affected. In these cases, we will unfortunately have no choice but to pass on irrespective of any agreed notice periods.
Our fleet delivers within the UK and Ireland. As the situation is still not clear we are working closely with the FTA to advise of any action needed regarding deliveries between Northern and Southern Ireland. We also as a company hold an EORI number to enable the movement of goods out of or into the EU.
We will continue to constantly monitor the situation as we near the deadline and thank you for your understanding in the meantime.