Steve Swinburn is MD for Harbour International Freight in Manchester. The specialist freight forwarder has grown to become a dynamic transport, logistics and 3PL provider. Steve commented on the important role of freight forwarder:
“Following the UK’s exit from the EU there has been a lot of talk about how difficult exporting is. The short answer is it really isn’t. But you do need to get the basics right from the start.
“You will need a freight forwarder who will also act as your Customs Clearance broker. There are many to choose from but if you want that personal service and someone to patiently guide you through the processes then find someone local to you. As they say it’s good to talk, a few simple questions answered, and you can work away with peace and mind knowing it will be ok.
“Terms of Shipment/Incoterms – If you are sending the goods (Exporter) then the easiest one to use is DAP. This means that you will send the goods via your forwarder, but any VAT or duty on arrival in the end country is for the recipient. There are other terms of shipment, but this is the one that will not add too many additional costs.
“We have found Northern Ireland and Ireland are good starting points (which we specialise in). Once the Ireland process is mastered, it’s the same for all other EU countries plus Norway and Switzerland.
“It’s too easy to say no to exporting, but the potential benefits are endless for what is in essentially just some additional paperwork.”