Positive ID Labels have prepared the following statement for customers and suppliers regarding Brexit and the potential impacts on supply chains, service and our operations. This is based on our own risk analysis and research conducted within our industry.
The aim of this statement is to assure our customers that we have taken the necessary steps to ensure the least disruption if any, in the event of a disorderly Brexit.
Obviously, the main area of concern for us and our customers will be the impact of Brexit on the movement of goods, particularly imports and exports.
Our business is UK based and 99.9% of our finished products are traded within the UK. As a result, we do not conceive there will be any tangible impact to our customers from our factory gate, as a result of any changes in trading arrangements between the UK and the EU.
Our business does import some materials, and finished goods for resale, from the EU. Notably, we import alphanumeric price guns products from Italy (and South Korea to a lesser extent). We also import paper materials from Spain on a regular basis.
These imports may be affected by Brexit but, as a result of closely observing the political situation, we take the view that these imports will not suffer any extreme delays that may result in onerous disruption to supply. Notwithstanding this, we plan for the worst and hope for the best and have taken precautionary steps to minimise any potential impact on trade (see below).
The company remains as uninformed as the rest of the country regarding the future relationship with the EU. We have, however, undertaken our own assessment of the potential circumstances of 30th March 2019. We believe that there will be little impact despite press reports suggesting the country will come to a standstill. The main political reasons for this are:
From a practical perspective, in the event of a hard Brexit, we believe:
The company has assessed the potential outcomes for our future relationship with the EU. Whilst we take the view that disruption will be minimised on both sides, we have to plan for a worse eventuality. The main precaution we have to take is stock.
As a result, the company has chosen to increase stock levels of specific products that we can control stock levels for. As such, we are confident that there will be limited material disruption to our ability to operate, if any, as a result of our precautions.
We will continue to monitor the situation and take any action required to minimise any potential disruption to our business and that of our customers.
The company has discussed in detail with our suppliers within the UK who may rely upon imports from the EU or the rest of the world in order to supply their products to us. We have satisfied ourselves that these companies have taken the necessary precautions to protect themselves from disruption and in turn, mitigate any potential problems for our customers.
Please feel free to call your account manager to discuss if you have any further questions.