The decision made by the UK to leave the European Union, or ‘Brexit’ as it has become known, means that we must embrace the challenges that this decision will bring. Assurances have been made by the Government regarding Brexit, yet it is impossible to predict the final outcome.
In-order to ensure our business maintains a consistent and reliable service, we have put into effect a number of measures which will ensure the strongest possible outcome for Wrekin Products and our customers, these are outlined below.
Wrekin Products have enacted plans to continue to maintain higher levels of stocks in the UK for 2021 and beyond. This additional stock will be shared between our 3 stocking locations: Lichfield, Rugeley and Linlithgow.
As always, we would encourage our stockists to share with us any forecasts to further enhance our ability to plan forward.
Wrekin Products routinely imports and exports materials both within and outside of the EU. We are well versed in the necessary procedures required to import goods from the EU and the rest of the world and have all relevant customs systems and procedures in place.
Conformity Marking of Construction Products
There are now three different product marks that manufacturers, and others in the supply chain, may need to apply. The rules governing these marks will depend on where the product is intended to be used.
The three marks are:
- The EU’s marking for product conformity (CE marking)
- The United Kingdom Conformity Assessed mark (UKCA mark)
- The United Kingdom Northern Ireland mark (UK(NI) mark), which is additional to the CE marking in some instances
Wrekin Products are fully aware of all these requirements, and the relevant products will have the correct conformity marking necessary for the three markets within the timescales required.
In August 2021 the UK government announced plans to introduce legislation which will enable CE marked goods to continue being placed on the Great British market until 1 January 2023. It was previously intended that this date would be 1 January 2022.
As Brexit unfolds there is a potential for uncontrollable changes to some key areas of business for Wrekin Products and the wider market to consider. This includes; the potential impact of changes to tariffs and customs borders, the potential impact on raw material costs, administrative workload for our employees and the effect of increased volatility of exchange rates.
As a company, we are well versed with the demands of international trade. We have every confidence in the skill and expertise of our staff and their understanding of procedures to be able to cope with any changes necessary following Brexit.
We hope that this statement answers any concerns that you may have during this period of uncertainty. If you have additional queries or would like clarification, please do not hesitate to contact us.