Dutch-based businesses have long and warm trading relationships with the United Kingdom. After Germany and Belgium, Great Britain exports the most in The Netherlands. Brexit has a significant effect on the trade market between these nations. But which are the consequences of Brexit for businesses in the Netherlands? How can we stop Brexit from causing problems with the exporting and importing of products and interrupting the transaction activities of your organization with Great Britain? We’d say that a decent preparation wins half the battle.

Since 2016, the Brexit referendum set the wheels in motion for the UK’s formal departure from the European Union, the Netherlands’ logistics industry was busy behind the scenes. Since Europe’s leading logistics place — home to the world’s most efficient seaports and great quality of air transportation from the EU — the nation has a crucial role to play to ensure no supply chain disruption as the transition period between the UK and the EU ended. As a result, with the thorough preparation that lasted several years, the business will enter smoothly into the European market in 2021 and beyond.

What will happen after Brexit?

We can say that The Netherlands is now well prepared for any outcome. The first thing that the Dutch authorities thought to prepare, was to establish the projected volume of trade between the UK and The Netherlands; Because historically this trade has taken place within one market, no statistics were collected. According to calculations from the Dutch Customs Administration, the Netherlands anticipates a 20 to 30% growth in declarations for imported and exported goods.

To be really prepared, the Customs had to collaborate with the trade organizations. In this way, the systems were up and running at both customs and the port side. Of course, a strong relationship between Customs, Port of Rotterdam, food and veterinary inspection, and ferry terminals is crucial, given the fact that 80% of Dutch-UK trade is processed through the port of Rotterdam each year.

This joint effort was seen as the “Dutch strategy”, which requires shippers to enroll their declarations digitally until they arrive at any point of entry in The Netherlands. The electronic pre-notification is easily executed via the Port base system, a one-stop-shop that connects all parties in the logistics chains of the Dutch ports. This new electronic solution has helped the Netherlands accommodate the increased flow of goods by allowing everyone in the logistics chain to communicate easily and economically. As a digital frontrunner, the Netherlands is leading the way with this solution to optimize logistical processes.

More optimization

Changes happen every time. We either adjust and move forward or ignore and end up being left behind. Changes, like the ones Brexit brought on many industries, represent a good time to think about what we can do to make things better. Optimization of the processes is an absolute necessity in a business.

Automating the diverse processes and tasks that happen every day in a company leads to progress. The RPA technology is the one technology capable of taking all those repetitive, tiring, and time-consuming tasks and fulfill them successfully. There is no need to worry about mistakes. A well-programmed software robot is unable to make mistakes. Moreover, it will execute any task without complaint, break, or vacation.

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