With the reality of BREXIT upon us, all businesses trading with UK companies face new import and export rules from the 1st January 2021.
Given the uncertainty of the deal negotiations and the forecast disruption to supply chains, we wanted to update our customers with the steps BLUESKY has taken to mitigate the potential impact of these challenges, and ensure continuity of supply
- BLUESKY has invested heavily in additional inventory, particularly product manufactured in the EU. Overall, we have doubled the value of our inventory.
- BLUESKY has invested in further warehousing storage capacity to ensure we are operationally prepared for any exigencies. We are now operating from 3 warehouses totalling in excess of 100,000 sqft.
We have also taken specific steps to enable to us to continue trading with:
- BLUESKY has signed up to the Trader Support Service (TSS) which will support traders moving goods under the Northern Ireland Protocol from 1st January 2021.
EU and ROW
- BLUESKY will sell goods based on an Ex Works basis. We will safely package, appropriately label and prepare goods for export but you, the customer will be responsible for and need to arrange collection. Our team will ensure that the correct paperwork is completed.
Please get in contact with your account manager on 01472 240940 or email email@example.com if you would like to discuss your 2021 requirements, or have any questions that need clarifying.
We have collated the most frequently asked questions that we have received in relation to Brexit below.
Has Bluesky UK Ltd reviewed its product list to determine which ones come from within the European Union (EU)?
BLUESKY is very clear about what products are manufactured and imported into the UK from the EU.
Have buffer stocks of EU manufactured components been built up to mitigate the potential supply issues as a result of leaving the EU?
BLUESKY has invested in significant amounts of additional inventory on products from the EU to help cover client demands should there be delays from January 2021.
What processes have your suppliers put in place to ensure components clear customs as quickly as possible?
We have ensured that a) the best incoterms are in place with each of our suppliers b) the forwarders that we use are registered with the HMRC c) the forwarders we use are part of the Approved Operator Scheme (AOS) and have Kent Road Permits to clear customs as quickly as possible.
Where necessary, have alternative non-EU suppliers been identified?
Where non-EU alternatives have been sourced are all regulatory documents in place and available to customers?
In most cases yes, but this is a continuous work in progress. As a minimum we request a) Technical Drawing/Specification b) REACH statement c) Food Contact Compliance (where applicable) or Raw Material Material Safety Data Sheet (RM MSDS).
Where components will still be supplied from the EU after 1st January 2021, have additional costs due to increased duties been calculated?
BLUESKY already imports from Rest of World (ROW) countries and we have had to include additional financial costs to existing EU imports to create a realistic scenario for 2021. Duty is one factor but there are others such as deferment and other fees that are also included.
Has Bluesky UK Ltd set up an EU based office?
What measures has Bluesky taken to continue exporting to the EU?
BLUESKY will safely package, appropriately label and prepare goods for export but the client will be responsible for and need to arrange collection. Our team will ensure that the correct paperwork is completed.The sale of goods will be based on an Ex Works basis.