With Boris Johnson having gained a landslide victory in the recent election we can be almost sure that the Withdrawal Agreement will complete the parliamentary stages and the UK will formally leave Europe at 11 p.m. on the 31st January 2020. There will then follow the post-Brexit “transition period” for existing EU regulations which are set to expire on 31st December 2020. Assuming the post-Brexit negotiations have been successfully concluded, the new agreement covering the future relationship between the UK and Europe, including trade deals, is due to come into force on 1st January 2021.
However, we are still no closer to knowing what sort of trade deal, we will get with the European Union, and with Johnson‘s current hard line, no compromise stance, and cutting the transition period from the formerly proposed two years to the very tight deadline of 31st December 2020, the spectre of No Deal has once again arisen. Even so, it is now considered unlikely that a No Deal would actually result, to the extent that the government’s emergency measures to prepare for such an eventuality are being stood down. Nonetheless, regardless of what the eventual outcome is, and what sort of trade deal is ultimately secured with Europe, we at Puckator want to reassure both our customers and our staff that whatever happens, we are fully prepared.
Our warehouse in Burriana, Valencia, Spain, just south of Castellon, has been fitted out and is ready, if required, to serve as a European Distribution Centre (EDC) should we leave the EU without a favourable Deal. As well as the new warehouse, we have also developed new stock and order processing systems, so that we can continue to supply the European market with the absolute minimum of disruption. If we leave the EU with a trade and Customs Deal then the EDC may not be needed, but the infrastructure will still be in place just in case. We have a long-established Spanish Company, Puckator S.L, based in Valencia which will be there to support and manage the EDC if necessary.
Additionally, we have also recently set up a company in The Netherlands, Puckator BV, which will allow us to work with our logistic partners to import goods into the EU in bulk should we need to, for subsequent re-distribution directly from our Dutch company to our customers throughout Europe. Currently this is our preferred route, and we are very confident that should trade barriers arise, by supplying Europe through Puckator BV, or alternatively through our Spanish EDC, any resultant disruption will be negligible, and we will continue to supply, without hindrance, all our customers with our extensive range of exclusively designed products.
Our warehouse, Valencia