While some automotive companies have reported new complications in their operations as a result of Brexit, whether supplying from or to the UK, one company says that any problems encountered as a result of Brexit will be “short term”, with improvements in trade supply routes already being seen.
BM Catalysts, a UK-based manufacturer and exporter of catalytic converters, DPFs and front pipes, invested considerable time and resources into preparing for Brexit, to ensure that the necessary infrastructure was in place to help facilitate the seamless supply of its products to customers in over 35 countries worldwide.
For example, the company has been working closely with its logistics partners on new systems and additional paperwork for customs and border controls. As a result nearly all of BM Catalysts’ catalogued part numbers meet the standard required to claim UK origin, meaning they are not subject to tariffs under the Free Trade Agreement between the UK and the EU.
Mark Blinston, commercial director at BM Catalysts, stated, “It’s been taking a little longer than usual for overseas customers to receive their orders as a result of changes to customs procedures and clearance, but we’re seeing this time shorten every day. From when the order is placed to the point of dispatch, lead times from our end remain the same and we’re fulfilling 100% of all orders.”
BM Catalysts has created a dedicated Brexit resource on its website to provide practical advice, relevant information, and useful resources.