Europa launches frictionless Brexit product

With less than 111 days to go, Europa Worldwide Group, has launched a new customs product to preserve transit times and the flow of goods between the UK and Europe after the Brexit transition period comes to an end on 31st December.

The new product will benefit all of its customers, giving added value by offering a simple and effective customs process designed to minimise transit time delays.

Europa has six divisions, including Europa Warehouse, its specialist 3PL warehousing and logistics division. Having recently launched its state-of-the-art art £60million 3pl logistics facility in Corby, UK the division has doubled its logistics portfolio.

Europa has spent the last 12 months developing this simple and effective customs process designed to minimise transit time delays.

The basic premise of the product is that delays are created by the need to contact importers prior to delivery, to agree terms, and collect VAT and duty prior to delivery. The new product Europa FLOW is designed to circumvent these issues and it achieves this by Europa acting as an EU Global VAT representative for its customers, zero rating EU import VAT and billing duty and fees back to the UK party.

These steps, plus the use of Frontier Declarations, will mean that clearance occurs whilst the goods cross the channel. By the time they arrive on the other side, they are free to deliver.

To deliver the service Europa has created two strategically located customs brokerage businesses known as ‘Frictionless Trade Services’ in Lille, France as well as Oostende in Belgium. In addition to the UK team in Dartford. These operations will manage export and import declarations and all of the associated work required to facilitate the product. In total a team 45 is being employed to deliver the FLOW service to customers.

Implementation of the new product with customers is being spearheaded by Dionne Redpath (pictured), Sales Director. She said: “There are lots of ways to deal with export and import from January 1st but, we’ve looked at every scenario, and we believe that this is the best way to preserve the flow of goods and achieve the same transit times we offer today.

“We believe our simple approach will give British businesses everything required for a successful start to 2021.”

Andrew Baxter, Managing Director of Europa Worldwide Group added: “The Brexit transition period is quickly coming to an end. Soon all goods travelling between the UK and the EU will need to go through a customs process.

“By using this product our customers will be in the strongest position, we have devised a solution to keep goods moving without friction. Whilst we can’t prevent physical customs checks we can remove every other barrier that delays goods.”

This is the latest in a series of investments Europa has made since the EU referendum to ensure the business and its customers are ready.  Last year Europa invested over £2m in its Dartford transit warehouse to increase racking capacity by 75%, as well as spending a further £2m on consultants, marketing and IT. It has supported customers by providing Brexit workshops across the UK.

Europa Worldwide Group has six divisions – Europa Road, Europa Air & Sea, Europa Showfreight, Europa Warehouse, Europa Contact Centre and Continental Cargo Carriers – and has featured in The Sunday Times Top Track 250 for two years running. Europa recently revealed its results for year-ending 31st December 2019, showing another 16.5% growth with a record turnover of £205 million.