Many of our customers and suppliers in Great Britain are asking what Brexit will mean for them - and what consequences a Hard Brexit will have on Norwegian traders. Now that a “Hard Brexit” on the 31st of October is a more probable alternative than previously believed the questions are getting more frequent. Kuehne + Nagel Norway are continuously following the situation. We are also participants where it is happening as contributors as well as project participants in relevant forums with amongst others the Norwegian government and the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO).
If Hard Brexit becomes a reality all logistics and traffic to and from Britain will be affected. Considerable delays should be expected. Hardest hit will most likely be road transport, but we expect sea and airfreight will also be affected. Kuehne + Nagel, and our customers with us, have the advantage of a large and complete logistics network. We have a dedicated team of British co-workers who, since 2016, have worked on making us as prepared as possible. An example of this is that we are 1 of 2 logistics companies participating in the Government Cross-border steering group, the British governmental work group setup to find the logistics solutions of tomorrow for the British Channel.
The Brexit process is in constant movement and any written information issued is valid only for a matter of minutes after it is written. What we do know is that the Norwegian government has secured agreements with the British government ensuring Norwegian goods the same rights and taxes as today after a Hard Brexit. There are also agreements in place with regards to road traffic, airfreight, seafreight and fisheries management.
We recommend that all our customers update themselves on the latest news on this subject from the Norwegian government. Also NHO have developed a checklist, containing inputs from Kuehne + Nagel, with regards to customs on how to be as prepared as possible. (Recommended information pages below are only published in Norwegian.)