August 12th 2019
ISC Brexit Statement : Update
We feel it is an appropriate time to issue an update on our Brexit information, as recent political events are starting to shape a potential final position and the UK Government has issued much more comprehensive information and guidance for all engaged in both import and export from the EU and other territories.
The current guidance is for most countries around the globe, but in particular, there is a (similar) guidance page for each of the 27 EU member countries.
Leaving the EU with a deal remains the Government's top priority. However, if the UK and EU cannot agree to a Withdrawal Agreement, the default legal position is that the UK will leave the EU without a deal on 31 October 2019. The Government has accelerated no deal preparations to ensure the country is prepared for every eventuality.
The Government recently published a country by country guidance on exporting here:
and has published a specific guide for moving goods to and from the EU by Ro-Ro road freight here:
In summary of those guidance pages, it is stated that the UK will have the following status:
If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the UK will not have a Free Trade Agreement with the EU or any individual member countries.
Tariffs and Quotas
If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the EU’s Most Favoured Nation (MFN) terms will apply to exports from the UK to EU.
The MFN terms are still to be ratified, as there are a multiplicity of sub agreements, which need to respect existing World Trade Organisation agreements with the EU and Rest of World nations.
ISC have completed all of the recommended customs and administration activities currently required to prepare us and our supply chain for a minimum of turbulence post Brexit, whichever outcome is made.
We will advise further if there are any significant changes or clarifications in the coming weeks and months.
January 18th 2019
ISC Brexit Statement : Update
Following the House of Commons vote on Tuesday evening (15th January 2019), with a majority voting against Theresa May's Brexit Deal, it is very much political status quo. Our position if a ‘no-deal’ Brexit occurs remains the same, but we hope that the current cross party talks will find some way forward.
We will update this statement again should any significant changes occur in the coming days.
January 14th 2019
ISC Brexit Statement
We have been asked by many of our customers and suppliers what the ISC provision is for a ‘no deal’ Brexit. Like many other companies, we would welcome a settled and formal agreement negotiated between the UK Government and the EU, and ISC will act on those outcomes if they are forthcoming.
However, in the event of a ‘no-deal’ outcome to the EU withdrawal negotiations and in response to an increasing number of customer enquiries on the matter, ISC have drafted the following statement on how a ‘no-deal’ Brexit may impact on our business activities.
Following the result of the EU referendum back in June 2016 there have been countless articles on the debate, but never has it been suggested that either the UK or remaining EU states are expecting to down tools and cease work. Instead, the main talking point is on potential tariffs, more administration and therefore delays at the border between the UK and the EU.
ISC has traded globally since the company was first established and therefore, we are highly experienced and conversant when it comes to paperwork and administration. Any changes to the administrative process for the movement of goods will be managed efficiently by our teams.
The majority of our customers are not based in the EU and those customers that are will only be marginally affected by any raw material issues arising. Our customer base in the EU is likely to be affected in some way in the initial period, but we do not anticipate major disruption in the mid to long-term.
As a manufacturer we rely heavily on raw material and therefore we hold relatively high levels of stock on fast moving product. The recently resurrected British Steel is now a very viable and effective supplier, giving us the option to switch from EU to UK supply, if the need arises. Our other materials are sourced globally, with viable alternative sources if required to any EU disruption. Of course, ISC will continue to work with our EU supply base maintaining the good relationships established over many years.
Economists are forecasting a significant drop in the value of £GBP in the short-term, but this will also be the case for the Euro, bringing about a level of parity to the exchange rate as a whole. The overall strength of the UK economy suggests that any regression will be short-lived, as was the case when the UK voted to leave the EU.
We are confident that we are fully prepared to meet the short-term disruption caused by a ‘no-deal’ Brexit and will be more than able to continue to provide the excellent service our customers have come to expect.
We will update this statement as and when more information comes into the public domain that significantly changes our position on the matter.