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Unibox prepares for Brexit
Following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union (Brexit), organisations across Europe must be ready to embrace the challenges that this presents. This is in spite of the uncertainty we are all feeling as the negotiating deadline for exiting the EU grows ever closer.
At Unibox, we are extremely sensitive to this fact, and so have put a number of preparatory measures into effect to protect our business operations and valued partners against the economic and political turbulence that is likely to arise whilst Britain transitions away from the EU.
After reviewing our supplies of raw materials and product components, we have increased our stock levels of imported items so that, on top of the 20 tonnes of metal profiles held at our main manufacturing site, we now also store an additional 65 tonnes of materials in a warehouse offsite. This effort, coupled with our recent factory expansion project which added a further 9000ft² of production space, readies Unibox to limit the impact of supply-chain and customs delays as much as possible.
Imports and Exports
With a long history of supplying to and purchasing from non-EU countries, we are well-versed in the demands of international trade. Our Procurement and Finance Departments have an in-depth understanding of relevant import and export procedures which enables them to work proactively ahead of the operational changes necessitated by Brexit. To this end, we are in continual conversations with our transport providers who notify us with any updates to the regulations concerning the physical movement of goods across European borders. Furthermore, we are pleased to announce that Unibox is registered for Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSPs) – the scheme introduced by HMRC to make it easier for UK businesses import goods from the EU by speeding up customs procedures.
Tariffs and Duties
At Unibox, we always endeavour to keep our prices as competitive as possible whilst providing products of the highest quality. Conscious of the increases to tariffs that could come as a result of a no-deal Brexit, we will advise our clients of product prices on an order-by-order basis so that they do not incur additional unnecessary costs. To avoid confusion, the prices listed for Unibox products manufactured in the UK are calculated independent of applicable excise and customs duties.
We have a number of employees from countries in the EU who live and work in Manchester. We are committed to supporting our team in relation to their rights to remain in the UK following Brexit and continue contributing to our business as they do at present. More generally, key members of our workforce are attending industry-specific training sessions to educate themselves on the potential impacts of a no-deal Brexit so that Unibox is able to reassure its clients by providing reliably sourced, trustworthy information.
We understand that our clients may have individual concerns and priorities depending on the nature of their business. If you would like any further details on the steps that Unibox has taken to prepare for Brexit, please do not hesitate to get in touch using the contact details below.
United Aluminium Ltd
Greenside Way, Middleton, Manchester M24 1SW
0161 655 2100 [email protected]