The last in a series of successful Brexit Seminars focusing on food and attracting international attention, takes place at The Crowne Plaza, NEC, Birmingham on Wednesday 17th October.

Oakland Invicta and Brexit Lead, Robert Hardy.

Attended by food businesses and non-food importers, Embassies, logistics providers and consultants from the UK, Ireland, Belgium, Germany, France and Asia, the event is hosted jointly by Oakland International and Oakland Invicta. October’s final Brexit event focuses on transit and how existing border arrangements could be extended for EU-UK-EU trade.

Oakland’s Robert Hardy, a careerlong Customs specialist and an advisor to the Institute for Government, InterTradeIreland, InvestNI and a registered expert with the EU Commission on matters relating to international trade, comments:

“There is a great deal of scaremongering that appears to be politically motivated rather than based on pragmatism, knowledge or groundlevel experience. The likely scenarios post Brexit that these people are talking about range from huge delays to huge tariffs, or both!”

Robert Hardy points out that the UK exports more to non-EU areas than within the EU and the non-EU element is growing consistently, year on year.

Currently some 140,000 traders create 50 million Customs declarations per annum. Post Brexit this is expected to grow by 200 million declarations and expose 140K additional importers/exporters to customs formalities for the first time.

Mr Hardy remains optimistic: “Tools including AEO, CFSP and Customs Warehousing are available today. AEO is ten years old and CFSP and warehousing have been around for longer than that. It is very possible to embed Customs processes within your day-to-day business, but you need to accept change and adapt. If you do nothing, nothing will happen!”

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