The UK left the European Union on 31 January, but that is not the end of the Brexit story. As Westpack is a Danish company, many of you have started to wonder what happens next. Has the order process become cumbersome and will delivery be slower? Allow us to explain.
For the remainder of 2020: Business as usual
Right now, we're in a transition period that keeps the UK bound to the EU's rules. This transition period lasts until 31 December 2020. Effectively, this means that nothing at all has changed yet. You can still order, and the same rules of play apply – ordering jewellery boxes is as easy as it has always been, and delivery times are the same.
What about after that?
Well, quite frankly, we don't really know yet. Britain and the European Union are negotiating a future trade deal. If a UK-EU trade deal is ready by the end of the year, the UK could begin the new trading relationship as soon as the transition ends.
If a free-trade agreement is reached, this status-quo is kept in place. While a solid trade deal is in both parties' interest, there is no guarantee that a deal can be struck in time. However, under the terms of the withdrawal agreement, the transition period is allowed to be extended by 12 or 24 months.
We suspect more information will become available later in the year.
We prepare for all scenarios
We will do everything we can to make the transition - to whatever end - as smooth as possible for our customers. Westpack has customers in the USA, Canada, Australia and a great many other non-EU countries, so we can safely say we have quite a bit of experience with customs clearance, duties, and tariffs. Our customer service agents will help you where possible.
The order process will likely remain unchanged. The delivery time may increase ever so slightly, due to customs clearance. Experience tells us that the delay often is negligible, as customs clearance can be quite effective when all the paperwork is in order – something we will take care of, naturally.
We keep a close eye on the situation
We do keep an ear to the ground and continue to follow the developments. We are ready for action should the situation so dictate. We have a great many customers in Great Britain and have worked hard to become an important player in the British jewellery packaging industry. That means that we too have a rather large stake in ensuring a smooth transition. After all, we are just as interested in keeping our loyal customers in the fold.
We will update this blog post regularly when and if new information comes forward. Last update: February 2020.