”It has been hectic, but it’s truly amazing to see how everyone is affected by Brexit and how it has stimulated collaboration across companies and authorities!” was the opening sentence by Gert Jakobsen, DFDS, at BREXIT 2.0.
MDC was honored to deliver a full-house Brexit event, where UK & Danish experts talked the 70 Danish participants through what they needed to do to continue to trade with the UK after Brexit.
Gert Jakobsen, Vice President at DFDS, couldn’t hide his optimism. Large-scale trading with the UK has shown DFDS how European countries collaborate in a peak-demand situation - and that’s worth embracing, even if there is no deal.
Such reflections were commonplace, when the UK government and Danish representatives shared their thoughts yesterday – that even if the future is unpredictable, everyone hopes for a smooth transition. And that requires close collaboration.
A smooth transition
Although the atmosphere might be gloomy in the UK, exporters and importers are preparing the best they can for either a deal or a no-deal. Many steps have been taken, such as issuing GB EORI numbers and simplifying border controls and it seems like the majority of goods can enter the UK without much change for an intial transitional period. The focus would be on facilitating as much trade as possible, keeping traffic moving and applying controls away from the border. For more information go to: www.gov.uk/brexit.
Watch the next episode
Representatives from the British Embassy, HM Revenue & Customs and the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs along with Danish representatives discussed the practical details from a maritime perspective on October 22nd. They came away with actions for their specific business, which gave them confidence in a post Brexit future.
Although everyone is collaborating closely, no one really knows what will happen next and as Marc Holland, Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy, said “I think it’s worth watching the next episode of the Parliament drama tonight!”. You weren’t disappointed!
Prepare your business for Brexit:
Food and feed products:
The temporary tariff schedule:
Danish Food requirements: