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ASM Sequoia platform helping Simarco as it prepares for Customs declarations on Northern Ireland shipments post-Brexit
24th August 2020
ASM SEQUOIA PLATFORM HELPING SIMARCO AS IT PREPARES FOR CUSTOMS DECLARATIONS ON NORTHERN IRELAND SHIPMENTS POST-BREXIT
A survey of customers using ASM’s Sequoia Customs clearance software has revealed many are worried the new procedures will damage their business
London, UK, Monday, 24th August 2020 : Agency Sector Management’s (ASM) Sequoia Customs clearance platform is helping Simarco Worldwide Logistics prepare for plans by the UK Government to introduce Customs declarations on freight moving between Northern Ireland (NI) and Great Britain (GB).
“ASM’s Sequoia software has been Simarco’s preferred platform of choice for many years, we utilise it for our global imports and exports and this will be extended to operate our Customs clearances once we leave the EU,” said Trevor Scott, Managing Director, Simarco Worldwide Logistics.
In response to an ASM survey of users, around 170 enterprises said that they move freight on the NI/GB trade lane.
Many in the industry have expressed the view that the new measures outlined will have a negative impact on trade and Scott said that the changes might well damage business.
“Our business model along with our partner in NI and customer base is founded on the concept of late collections in GB for next day deliveries into NI,” said Scott.
“This requires a seamless journey which will be seriously impacted with the requirement for Customs declarations.
“There is a feeling of betrayal in the freight community that these new procedures are being introduced after early assurances they would not be required.”
Scott said ASM has played a key role in helping the forwarder in an advisory capacity and providing evidenced-based knowledge to enable Simarco to shape what the business needs to prepare for, when the UK’s transition period with the EU ends on 1st January 2021.
ASM Chairman, Peter MacSwiney, said: “There is much concern among our freight forwarder users who trade across the Irish Sea, and we are working with them to help prepare for the changes that will come into effect and to ensure business continuity.”
He said he is also concerned that a lot of the systems and infrastructures proposed for trading between NI and GB does not exist yet, and 1st January 2021 is only five months away.
“We are actively pushing for clarity and answers to outstanding queries and issues that we have already raised with HMRC on behalf of our customers,” said MacSwiney.
ASM’s Sequoia Customs clearance software is used by forwarders across the UK supply chain and is a complete freight management platform that is constantly updated to meet new trading processes.
31 July 2020
Many companies have stock in their warehouses on which they have already paid duty but which they have been unable to sell because of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Thanks to the current absence of any agreement on the matter, if those firms haven't sold such duty-paid produce into Europe by the first of January, they will be forced to pay the very same duty all over again because, of course, the UK will no longer be a part of the European Union.
Even the most conservative estimates for the sums involved run into billions of pounds.
Nevertheless, it could be resolved by introducing an amnesty period for duty-paid goods.
Ministers, though, maintain that the responsibility to do so rests with Brussels and not Westminster.
With time fast running out to tackle the issue before the end of the year, many export businesses and their freight partners have already decided to off-shore their storage provision, setting up warehouse solutions in mainland Europe.
Whilst that may avoid the double duty dilemma - and, therefore, a difficult decision about cutbacks in order to meet the tax bill - it will ultimately result in UK jobs being lost and transferred to the Continent.
Such an entirely avoidable outcome cannot be right.
Simon Reed – Chief Executive
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