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Brexit Update – 9 weeks until we leave the EU.

Exporting is greatIt’s now just 9 weeks until Brexit. All the drama unfolding in government is distracting, but we remain focussed on the actions to take now to minimise supply chain disruption from 31st October.

If you buy any items for your business from EU countries, or sell products to customers in EU countries, even if it’s only once a year, you will be affected by new import and export arrangements after 31 October.

The Government has said that the UK will be leaving the EU on 31 October whatever the circumstances. But leaving the EU without a deal means there will be immediate changes to the way UK businesses trade with the EU that may impact your business.

Our Brexit team are keeping an eye on the details and the import/export implications in a potential new deal, as well as preparing for a no deal scenario.

At TPS Global Logistics we are trade experts, and our experienced account managers understand customs procedures. Consular documentation, customs formalities, temporary import procedures and carnets, bills of loading, certificates of origin and letters of credit are part of our every-day service, ensuring that shipments are delivered without incident.

Our Managing Director Matt Smith and Operations Director Barry Broughton are Department of International Trade Export Champions. So our finger is on the pulse to ensure we support the continued growth of the British export industry.

For businesses preparing for Brexit we recommend taking the 10 steps we published in January click here for information  HMRC has issued a check list for businesses, this handy one page document is quick and easy to follow. Further information on preparing your business or organisation for Brexit is available on the HMRC website

If you need advice relating to your freight forwarding and supply chain, you can contact one of our team at or +44(0)1622 237979.

The current position of the Government

Yesterday the Queen approved the request to suspend parliament, allowing the government to suspend Parliament no earlier than Monday 9 September and no later than Thursday 12 September, until Monday 14 October.

Mr Johnson has written to MPs to outline his plan, adding: “There will be a significant Brexit legislative programme to get through but that should be no excuse for a lack of ambition!”

“In the meantime, the government will take the responsible approach of continuing its preparations for leaving the EU, with or without a deal.”

Boris Johnson said a Queen’s Speech would take place after the suspension, on 14 October, to outline his “very exciting agenda”.

This means the time MPs have to pass laws to stop a no-deal Brexit on 31 October would be cut.

In response the remain activists have submitted a motion to the Court of Session in Edinburgh – the highest civil court in Scotland – asking for the move to be suspended. The case has been taken by a cross-party group of more than 70 MPs and peers, with the support of the Good Law Project led by QC Jolyon Maugham.

The result yesterday was legal action to prevent the Prime Minister suspending Parliament being fast-tracked through the courts, with an emergency hearing being scheduled for Friday 6 September.

We watch with interest, whilst we get on with our day job moving our customers goods around the world.

If you would like to speak to us about your supply chain requirements please call us on +44 (0)1622 237979 or email

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