As I write, there are now only 11 weeks until the UK formally leaves the European Union.

Even so, despite more than 30 months have passed since the historic referendum withdrawal and successive, intense rounds of negotiations with the EU, we are no closer to establishing the firm and final shape which Brexit will take.

More to the point, we cannot know for the time being what impact it will have on ourselves and the many client companies which rely on Simarco to handle their exports and imports to and from Europe and the rest of the world.

Regular readers of this 'blog will now be aware, we recognised the need to be as fully-informed about the potential implications almost as soon as the referendum outcome became clear.

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Based on a proven track record of logistics innovation and reliability over the last two decades, Simarco has launched a new guaranteed groupage offering for our Italian Import and Export service.

More than simply offering daily departures, Simarco has formulated a two-tier, Gold and Silver groupage service in order to meet the demands of clients operating in different sectors

Unsurprisingly, the difference has proven enormously popular with customers in such time-pressured sectors as automotive and fashion.

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With only 11 weeks remaining before the UK leave the EU on 29th March 2019 (11pm), it is a little disappointing to have to write that we are still relatively unclear on the definitive shape of Brexit and with government currently in turmoil over current withdrawal proposals, there is uncertainty on whether we will leave the EU with a deal or not.

Following our previous newsletters on Brexit and to ensure we maintain service continuity when transporting goods by road to/from the EU, for many months Simarco has been in liaison with its European counterparts and HMRC to ensure we are as prepared as we can be for the eventuality of a no deal scenario.  We take pride in our service offering and despite the Brexit outcome, we feel it important to continue to provide the high level of service our clients are accustomed to.

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Each December, those working in the transport industry normally find themselves solely focused on the pre-Xmas peak season - arguably the busiest time of our entire year.

However, this year’s preparations are rather different, given that we are also having to devote considerable time to plan for the potential impact of Brexit.

As a successful company with extensive operations across Europe, Simarco has naturally taken a keen interest in what the shape of any eventual agreement on the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union will mean for ourselves and our clients.

Our interest was heightened by an invitation to join the Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling MP, in a ‘round-table discussion at 10 Downing Street within the last week on Brexit.

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Poland introduce temporary border controls ahead of upcoming UN climate summit.

Dear Client

You may be aware that the 24th UN climate summit takes place in Katowice Poland from 3rd to 14th of December 2018. In order to maintain an adequate level of security and increase the safety of the participants of the UN climate summit, the Polish Government will reinstate temporary border controls from Thursday 22nd November to Sunday 16th December at the internal borders of the Schengen area.

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