Transporting wide loads on UK roads requires some advance planning and special permits. What constitutes a wide, or abnormal load? While most logistics standards are closely harmonised across the EU, road transport restrictions vary from country to country. Therefore, when transporting large, or unusually shaped goods, it is important to be aware of width, height and length allowances in all of the countries you travel through. In Scandinavian logistics, for instance, you may need to traverse two or even three national jurisdictions by road, as well as the first mile journey in the UK.
Whether or not a last minute trade deal is agreed between now and Christmas, it’s likely that the way you conduct business with your partners in the EU will change after 31st December 2020. Customs paperwork and import duties will become a routine part of importing and exporting goods between Europe and the UK – at least until a trade agreement is reached. This doesn’t mean that delays and significantly increased costs are inevitable – but the more prepared you are for potential changes today, the less impact there will be on your supply chain as the UK completes its exit from the EU.
Here’s our guide to what to expect when shipping goods in the New Year. We’re here to help and provide all the support you need to minimise costs and delivery times – so please get in touch if you have any questions.
With the Covid 19 crisis and subsequent lockdown occupying all the headlines and, to be honest, most people’s headspace, it’s easy to forget that we’re nearly two months into the Brexit transition period.
Despite the disruption and uncertainty caused by the virus, including many high profile names becoming ill with the disease, the UK government have insisted a deal can be done in time for 31st December.
So in this article we look beyond Coronavirus and bring the conversation back to Brexit, and in particular, how things currently stand for UK-Scandinavian trade when the Transition Period ends.