It's never too early to start preparing

Tue 20 Nov 2018
Posted by: William Barns-Graham

With so much being said about Brexit at the moment and the prospect of a no-deal exit from the EU becoming increasingly significant, it’s paramount that UK businesses prepare themselves for the various different situations that potentially loom.

Brexit has become heavy with risk with the various debates around parliamentary arithmetic, second referendums and the future of the government all dominating the headlines. If businesses aren’t prepared for the worst-case scenarios, the worst could really happen.

No one knows for certain what will happen with Brexit and the only certainty for UK businesses going forwards is that uncertainty will continue. Businesses can no longer wait and see. They need to plan for a no-deal, ensuring they have an understanding of how customs procedures and checks work in place, in case they become the order of the day in 2019, 2020 or beyond.

Speaking at the recent ScotExport showcase in Glasgow, our Director General Lesley Batchelor OBE said that it is never too early to start preparing and that no matter what the outcome of the negotiations will be, companies will need to get better at record-keeping and be able to come up with new strategies for entering markets around the world.

You can watch the full interview below: 


To prepare us all for the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Institute's one day Customs Procedures & Documentation training course covers everything that you will need to know to enable goods to be imported and exported post Brexit.

Delays, fines and inspections are things that no company wants to endure and this course will equip attendees with the information to be able to understand what is required to comply with customs and make sure you are compliant for an audit by HMRC.

If businesses aren’t prepared for the worst-case scenarios, the worst could really happen.

Now is the perfect time to get your staff booked onto our training as the Customs Procedures & Documentation course is eligible for grant funding and we have put on extra dates between January and March 2019, to help businesses prepare for Brexit – whatever that may look like.