Descartes – customs technology users handle Brexit better

International commerce tech company Descartes Systems Group has revealed the outcome of a study showing that early adopters of its Descartes e-Customs solution have made it through the Brexit transition more easily than those that did not. Leading UK logistics operator CPG Logistics that runs bonded warehouses and is an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) is one of those, and is set to get through the next phase of the transition coming on July 1.

CPG Logistics began preparations for Brexit in 2018 and is ahead of the curve. Descartes recent research – “Beyond Brexit – The Realities of Brexit for UK-EU Cross Border Trade” has shown that early adopters of customs technology solutions have done better than those who did not. The research has also shown that 33% of British traders lack a solution but with the changes need to act as soon as possible to manage the paperwork and new requirements.

“It was absolutely crucial for us to start preparing for Brexit ahead of 31st January 2021 to minimise business disruption,” said Richard Lord, CEO, CPG Logistics. “Despite so much uncertainty caused by Brexit, the support we have received from the Descartes team and the ease in which the e-Customs solution has been able to integrate with our current SAP system has been world-class.”

“We’re proud to be supporting CPG Logistics as it continues to strengthen its capabilities post-Brexit,” said Pol Sweeney, VP Sales UK and Ireland for Descartes. “However, the lesson for those who, unlike CPG Logistics, have not prepared is that they need to implement a customs filing solution now to minimise the impact of enforcement at year end.”

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