What Baku GLS are doing to get ready for Brexit
As a business, we’re taking a number of steps to prepare for every possible eventuality surrounding Brexit. Whatever Brexit looks like, we’re confident that we’ll be ready and can continue to offer the highest standards of service to our clients.
What We’re Doing
AEO “Trusted Trader” Application
We are in the process of applying for AEO (Approved Economic Operator) status. This ‘Trusted Trader’ standard will show authorities in the UK and the EU that we have met the highest safety, security, systems and compliance standards in the industry. Our research has shown us that AEO status offers the best possible chances of seamless border transitions post-Brexit.
Bonded Warehousing Facilities
In the event of a ‘No Deal’ Brexit, we feel that it is prudent to have the ability to hold goods not yet cleared by customs in our warehouse facilities for up to 90 days. To this end, we have applied to become a temporary storage facility for third country goods / non-EU goods.
IT & Systems Investment
Every part of our current operational framework, whether that’s import/export transaction logging, route planning or storage administration, is being reviewed and upgraded in preparation for Brexit. Our transport management software and logging systems is being upgraded in readiness for 2019.
Industry Research & Leadership
We’ve hired customs specialists, trawled through hundreds of pages of Government documentation and personally attended all the relevant Brexit conferences. So much is still uncertain, but we know the questions to ask and we’re positioned to find the relevant solutions to each problem as it arises.
What We Can’t Do Yet
Give Full Load Quotes for 2019
It’s unprecedented to find ourselves in a position where, as transport people, we can’t quote a Full Load price that’s valid for 6 months’ time. Until there’s more legislative clarity from the UK and EU Governments, our 2019 quotes are valid until 29th March 2019.
Give Formal Customs Advice
As part of our preparations for Brexit, we’ve invested heavily in our export customs knowledge. We believe that we’re fast becoming customs export experts, and we’re happy to give informal advice to our customers and partners, and share what we’ve learned on our website and email briefings. We’re not yet in a position to make formal recommendations.