Rugby transport company says no-deal Brexit is 'worst case scenario' - The Rugby Observer

Rugby transport company says no-deal Brexit is 'worst case scenario'

Andy Morris 29th Jul, 2019   0

A TRANSPORT company based in Rugby says a no-deal Brexit is the worst case scenario for its business.

As the Government steps up its planning for leaving the EU without a trade deal, PTI Express – which delivers goods to Ireland on behalf of clients across the Midlands – says it cannot afford to make the necessary preparations while the outcome is still uncertain.

Boss Nick Putt said: “Right now, the 300 consignments we ship into the Republic of Ireland are not considered exports while we are part of the customs union. In the event of no deal, every single one will need customs declarations.

“For us to provide these customs declarations we would need to employ at least another 10 people.

“It would cost an extra £295,000 annually and we have no idea whether it is going to happen. I can’t put the business at risk for something that is so uncertain.

“I accept that we voted to leave the EU and respect that – but as a business we really need to be in a position that allows goods to move freely into Ireland and the rest of Europe.

“No deal is just the worst case scenario.”

James Ahearne, International Trade Hub Manager at the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said PTI Express was a good example of how companies can understand the scenarios they may face and the potential impact on their business.

He said: “When we get clarity over the Brexit process, businesses like PTI will know how to respond and what action they need to take when the time comes.

“We would urge businesses to use the time between now and October to understand how they might be affected and what they can do to prepare now.”

The Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce will run a series of events in the run-up to October 31 to get firms prepared. Visit for more information.

Visit for advice on how to prepare a business for Brexit.

The Confederation of British Industry has concluded that businesses “remain hampered by unclear advice, timelines, cost and complexity” on Brexit, neither the UK or EU is prepared for a no-deal scenario, and 24 of 27 areas of the UK economy are likely to experience disruption.

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