Brexit logistics complexities continue – but direct impact on c-stores and forecourts ‘minimal’
The first few weeks of January saw some issues on multiples shelves – it’s unclear just how the long term impact of Brexit on the c-store sector will pan out in the short and long terms.
Supplies to c-stores in Ireland do not seem to have been too seriously adversely impacted – although there are reports of some niche products like speciality cheeses, being hampered.
One M&S in Dublin had empty shelves, although a spokesperson said it was due to “systems” at the time. She further explained that it was IT related but had no comment on whether Brexit was affecting supplies.
M&S CEO Steve Rowe told the Irish Independent “Tariff free does not feel like tariff free when you read the fine print (of the deal).”
On the whole, Irish wholesalers and suppliers have been able to ensure their customers are supplied, without significant disruption. The wider implications of Brexit on the Irish economy seem to be focused on logistics, shipping and the export/import sector of the economy.
Stena Line, the largest Irish Sea operator, has doubled its services on the booming Rosslare-Cherbourg route, temporarily cancelling some sailings to Britain after freight volumes fell 60% in the first half of January.
Irish Ferries has deployed a larger vessel out of Dublin and planned to add more weekly rotations next month, the Port of Cherbourg said. Brittany Ferries also brought forward a planned sailing linking France and Ireland.
As Irish companies learn to navigate their way through the minefield of Brexit implications and requirements, Manufacturing NI has issued new advice which may be helpful to Irish suppliers, exporters and importers.
Moving goods indirectly from Great Britain to Northern Ireland via Ireland
Goods can be moved from Great Britain into Northern Ireland via Ireland under Transit, and the Trader Support Service is able to support movements these.
If they are not moved under Transit they follow the same procedures as a standard export to the European Union, even if these goods are subsequently moved into Northern Ireland. Irish import requirements must also be followed. Once goods are in Ireland, they can be moved freely into Northern Ireland with no further paperwork.
Moving goods indirectly from Northern Ireland to Great Britain via Ireland
Goods can be moved from Northern Ireland into Great Britain via Ireland under Transit, and the Trader Support Service is able to support these movements.
If they are not moved under Transit they follow the same process as standard import from the European Union. Irish export requirements, including providing an export declaration must also be followed. There is no requirement for any processes to move goods between Northern Ireland and Ireland.