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Freight forwarder ready for no-deal Brexit

The UK’s largest independent freight forwarder, Europa Worldwide Group, is ready to tackle the possibility of a no-deal Brexit. 

The specialist European road freight operator (which has a branch in Midpoint Way, Minworth, where it employs 18 people) has invested significant time and over £2m to ensure the smoothest possible transition for its customers across the country including the West Midlands, in the event of no-deal. Europa’s Managing Director also believes border delays have been significantly over-stated. 

Europa Worldwide Group today welcomed senior business leaders from across the West Midlands to a 2-hour Brexit Ready workshop in Birmingham. Attendees received no-nonsense, practical advice on how to get Brexit Ready, with the Europa Worldwide Group team on hand to answer one on one questions, concerns and provide guidance and tailored support.

Andrew Baxter, managing director of Europa Worldwide Group, said: “I am confident that our thorough approach to Brexit preparedness means that we are now ready to handle a no-deal Brexit. The comprehensive steps we have taken means that we are prepared and on the front foot in order to make the process as simple and straight forward for our customers as possible.

"Having made adjustments to our business model and by putting in place new processes and procedures, I believe that Europa will provide as smooth a flow of goods as is possible minimising any negative impact to transit times. Plus, by securing AEO Trusted Trader Status and expanding our Transit Guarantee, we will ensure that we have adequate facilities to look after all of our customers’ requirements.

“On top of the practical adjustments we have made, offering close counsel to customers is of upmost importance to Europa. Our in-depth knowledge of the logistics sector and understanding of the challenges ahead, demonstrates we are in a unique position to support, educate and guide our customers through Brexit and beyond. The Brexit Ready workshops are an opportunity for Europa Worldwide Group to offer practical advice. Now is very much the time for businesses to put Brexit Ready plans in motion.

"The level of border delays have been exaggerated and the introduction of TSP, and zero duty rates are very beneficial and will help import flow. In order for operators to cross the UK/EU border they will need valid and correct documents. Will some operators turn up at the border without them? Maybe? But will they do it day after day, week after week? No of course not. We are expecting some disruption in the first few weeks, but not much more than that."

Pro-active steps taken by Europa Worldwide include:

Andrew said: “I am proud that we have got on with preparing for Brexit ensuring that we are ready to look after our customer's interests should a no deal scenario occur.” 

Europa Worldwide Group will have a turnover of over £200m in 2019 and employs 900 staff across 16 sites in the UK, plus Belgium and Hong Kong. Europa Worldwide Group is a specialist in road, air and sea, warehouse and showfreight. 

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