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Exporting UK manufactured goods – benefits of working with a freight forwarder

The UK manufacturing sector is thriving with the sector accounting for 45% of total UK exports - a total of £275bn (Make UK).

Those businesses that will continue to grow and succeed will be those with a clear strategy and 79% of manufactures have confidence they have capacity for growth, however 71% of UK manufacturers say Brexit is damaging strategic-planning and business prospects (The Manufacturer). 

There is no doubt that Brexit is adding a sense of nervousness to overseas business expansion plans and venturing into new markets is not a decision that is being rushed into.  Routes to market, intellectual property considerations, produce pricing, logistics, export regulations, duty payments etc… are just some of the elements that need to be considered as part of an export strategy.  

Many of these elements require professional third-party advice and expertise therefore it is important to make sure the right team in place to make sure you access these markets as smoothly as possible. 

When it comes to the logistics side of process these are a selection of exporting challenges that we are often asked by manufacturers - if you would like to explore any of these solutions further do let us know.



Once the goods have arrived in the country of destination, who will take responsibility for the goods and control their onward transportation?

A well networked freight forwarder will have a trustworthy network of handlers who will take delivery of the goods and ensure smooth onward transit.  


There is so much paperwork - is it all really necessary?  I don’t understand the local rules and regulations for customs so am unsure what I need to compete.


Your logistics partner will be fully versed in the customs requirements of your country of destination.  Tapping into their expertise will save a lot of time and hassle. Getting the paperwork right from the outset is key so your goods are not delayed on arrival in the country. All the paperwork is necessary and border control will not accept goods that have not correctly complete the right paperwork. 


We export the same goods to various countries. Are the documentation and labeling requirements the same for each country? 


Each country will have its own unique requirements when it comes to paperwork to complete the customs clearance process. Ensure your logistics partner has the relevant experience for the country you are shipping to in advance to avoid any issues.


How do I keep track of my shipment and ultimately keep my customer informed of the exact delivery day and time?


You need to know all the parties involved in the logistics process and have open lines of communication.  Your freight forwarder can do this part of the job for you and follow the goods every step of the journey 



Don’t let a no deal Brexit affect the UK manufacturing sector export success

To keep businesses operating as usual in the event of a no-deal Brexit, HMRC are urging EU importers and exporters to become familiar with the following three programmes:

  • Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI);
  • Customs Declarations Service (CDS);
  • Transitional Simplified Import and Export Procedure (SIEP).

Our advice is be prepared and get your registrations in order now.


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