Brexit is currently set for 31st October 2019. Whilst things may change depending on the results of this week’s actions in Westminster, we want to advise you of our current planning to ensure that we continue to offer you the best possible service throughout this uncertain period.
In the eventuality of a hard Brexit, our supply partners are planning to make their final shipments to the UK on 22nd October in order to manage potential delays at the UK border, and to restart supplies again by 19th November 2019. These dates are based on current best advice from their hauliers and freight forwarders.
Taking this into account, we ask you to review your stocks and order status in order to ensure that you have enough material in place to buffer any potential border delays that could arise from a hard Brexit. A prudent approach could be to ensure that you have your November requirement delivered in advance of Brexit day – 31st October and to have your December demand on schedule thereafter.
We have increased our stock holding capacity in St Albans to accommodate an extra two-three months of standard stock, however we have already seen unprecedented demand for our stock in the first week of September. Standard stock will remain available for a next-working day delivery as normal, whilst stocks last, however non-standard stock or large ‘mill-makings’ are currently 3-4 weeks and this is likely to increase as customers fill capacity.
There are many factors that determine pricing, polymer alone has risen by up to e.150pmt over the last two months and an import duty of 6.5% on general plastics will be in place should we leave the EU without a deal. Whilst we are not intending to raise prices unnecessarily, we cannot hold prices for any deliveries after 31st October 2019 and would urge you to contact us to discuss your requirements.
Please accept this as our best guidance based on the information at hand. However, a lot can change between now and 31st October.
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