On 1 July, customs service provider, Gaston Schul, opened an office in the United Kingdom. To this end, this Dutch company acquired the British firm, MRF Customs Clearance. Outside of the Netherlands, Gaston Schul now has physical locations in Germany, Belgium, and the UK. It can, therefore, now manage the seamless transfer of business customs information. That's needed for importing and exporting goods. Brexit becomes a reality on 1 January 2021. It will affect an estimated 35,000 Dutch SMEs.
On the same day, the name, MRF, changed to Gaston Schul Customs. "MRF has the necessary permits. It also has extensive knowledge of, and access to, the English logistics market. With this takeover, Gaston Schul can ensure smooth cross-border European-UK trade traffic," says Gaston Schul CEO, Rob Ewalds.
Reducing mistakes and delays
Gaston Schul has all the necessary data in hand. This is needed to perform post-Brexit customs formalities on both sides of the North Sea. "That has a big advantage. Errors are mitigated. There's also a much smaller chance of delays at the border. In logistics, speed's vital. The carriers' margins are slim too."
"So, every minute cargo stands still costs money. Brexit's now a sure thing. Companies, therefore, increasingly need customs solutions. They want to prevent or reduce additional procedures. They also want to manage administrative tasks and costs. We can offer them that," says Ewalds.
The final Brexit date's a hard certainty. So, Gaston Schul is fully invested in finding Brexit solutions. This is for carriers and shippers. Ten people are currently in training at Gaston Schul's British branch. They have to handle the flow of import and export declarations. These are between the UK and the EU. IT links between all the (land) systems are being set up too.