Update on the RS Clare Brexit position – November 2020 The ongoing uncertainty surrounding the UK’s exit from the European Union continues to raise questions and it is important to advise that we are actively working to manage and avoid any disruption caused by Brexit. Business continuity is our priority during this period and we will continue to work with our customers and supply chain partners to prepare contingency plans for a smooth transition through the Brexit period, with minimal impact on our valued business partners.
The UK officially left the EU on 31st January 2020 and although there are ongoing negotiations between the UK government and EU, it is widely believed that the UK intends to agree a trade agreement with the EU that will be ready for implementation for the 1st January 2021. We are preparing plans accordingly to cover either a deal or no-deal scenario and are developing strategies to ensure our readiness and ability to continue delivering an uninterrupted service to our customers.
This includes maintaining sufficient manufacturing capacity and through assessing risk, keeping appropriate levels of raw materials and finished goods stock. We have allocated and invested in resource and training to prepare for changes to import and export processes and will continue working closely with our customers to manage demand. We have applied for a European EORI number with the relevant customs authorities and we are very familiar with the filing of import declarations in the EU which will become a requirement from 1st January 2021.
We understand that all businesses will be undertaking some preparations and readiness measures to ensure continuity during this period of change, and we encourage an open dialogue with our customers, suppliers, agents, distributors, and business partners. Please get in touch with your usual RS Clare point of contact and we will be happy to investigate and act upon any specific query or information requests. We will provide an update with more information as and when further details become available.
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