The British Plastics Federation (BPF), in partnership with Squire Patton Boggs and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), has released a guide to help plastics companies prepare for Brexit.
‘Preparing for Brexit: Practical Guidance for the Plastics Industry’ includes information intended to ensure plastics companies in the UK understand key practical steps they can take to prepare for issues related to the UK leaving the EU.
The 32-page guide includes such information as:
- The Effect on REACH and Other Regulations on Plastic Firms
- Rules of Origin
- CE Marking and UK Mark
- Plastic Recyclers and Brexit
- Essential Actions Businesses Should Take
The release of this information follows a recent survey of BPF members found 78% of companies have made contingency plans for a no-deal Brexit. This is a notable increase since December 2018, when only 54% of companies had made such provisions.
The survey found that a no-deal Brexit would have the biggest impact in the following areas: tariffs (with 61% saying they will have either a ‘high’ or ‘fairly high’ impact), border delays (with 72% responding ‘high’ or ‘fairly high’ impact), and changes to customs and VAT procedures (with 55% responding ‘high’ or ‘fairly high’ impact).
Asked what they considered would be the best option was for their business, 4% of respondents wanted a no-deal Brexit, 41% wanted to leave with a deal, while 55% wanted to remain in the EU.
BPF director general, Philip Law, commented: “Whilst the signs suggest that the majority of firms have taken some steps to prepare for a no-deal Brexit — a result the vast majority of firms clearly want to avoid — we have released this report to provide clear, accessible guidance to ensure all bases are covered when preparing for Brexit and we urge all plastics companies to make use of it.”
The EU accounts for 69% of all plastics industry trade, with nearly £15bn of plastic and plastic products being moved between the UK and EU member states each year.
Click here to download Preparing for Brexit.