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2020-01-31

Brexit Update from Flexicon

At 11pm on 31st January 2020, the UK will leave the European Union and begin a period of transition that will last for 11 months until the 31st December 2020.

This transition period is to negotiate a new relationship between the UK and EU. The UK will continue to make its EU financial contributions and follow all EU directives until this date, and will also be subject to EU legislation until the end of the transition period meaning that for 2020 it will be business as usual. 

The EU and the UK both have an interest in maintaining a strong relationship, but exactly what character it will take will depend on the outcome of talks around a future trade agreement (FTA) due to commence in earnest from March 2020. It is worth keeping in mind that all negotiations begin with 100% current alignment which is unique in all EU trade negotiations up to this point. The UK is seeking zero tariff, zero quota arrangements across as many sectors as possible. We export to over 50 countries and have recently been awarded Approved Exporter Status for global regions including Far East and Americas, reducing the administrative burden necessary to satisfy customs requirements for many of our RoW partners.
For continued exports to the EU 27, we have an EORI No. 258192678000 and we have responded to EU advice by migrating our product validation to EU based Notified Bodies, allowing us to continue CE marking of our products.

As a company well versed with the demands of international trade, we have every confidence in our employees to respond to any outcomes from this development. 
We will of course continue to work with all customers and supply chain partners over the coming months as we monitor developments. We will follow the negotiation progress and expect to publish further updates as the year progresses, as we get better understanding of any forthcoming changes or issues. We will continue our preparations to ensure our ability to operate effectively as a supplier and business partner through this transition and on into a very positive and productive future.

As part of a global business, Atkore have operations in mainland Europe which underlines our commitment to our European customers, distributors and our suppliers and we wish to reassure our partners of our ongoing commitment to continued trade, both within the EU and with our other Global markets.

Any further queries, please contact us on flexiconsales@atkore.com


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