BCF warns of loss of millions due to Brexit uncertainty
The £4bln “just-in-time” industry, which has more than half of its suppliers based in the EU, has been forced to activate “no deal” contingency planning following the controversial deal secured by the Prime Minister. “No deal” planning for the industry consists of stockpiling key raw materials and finished goods, hiring more warehouse space and setting up legal entities in the EU. BCF members are also preparing to grapple with different sets of chemicals regulations, and face tariffs of 6.4 % on both raw materials, half of which are sourced in the EU, and on finished products, costing the industry an estimated £150m.
Impairment of competitiveness by Brexit
The impact of tariffs could lead to the loss of some of the £1bln UK exports of paints, coatings and printing inks, making them significantly less competitive to customers in the EU. The BCF cautions that delays at the border of even hours will send ripple effects through the UK manufacturing industry- for example, a delay of one hour could cost the coatings manufacturer tens of thousands a day in penalties to many major automotive and OEM customers.
Most important export destinations for coatings are in the EU
The BCF’s Head of Public Affairs and Policy, Ellen Daniels said: “98 % of BCF members have some form of trade with the EU, with the top 7 export destinations for coatings being in the EU, so it’s vital we maintain frictionless, tariff-free trade and have access to the EU’s chemical regulatory framework, by staying part of the European Chemicals Agency, which is impossible in a no deal situation”
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