Ringing in the changes at ASM
As we start a new decade, there have been some changes both at ASM and in the business world.
We are delighted to welcome Ray Beeks, Operations Manager of Concordia International Forwarding as a Director to replace Brian Drakeley, who has retired after more than 20 years on the Board of Directors.
I want to pay tribute to Brian, who has been fundamental in helping shape ASM into the company that it is today, and he was one of our longest standing Directors. I wish him a happy retirement.
Moving on to Ray, he will be a great asset for ASM in these challenging times, as he has vast experience and knowledge of freight forwarding.
Moving on to business, Brexit was officially confirmed on the 31st of January by the UK Government and we now are now in a year-long transition period before we fully leave the European Union (EU).
This has at least though brought clarity for freight forwarders and hauliers and ended the uncertainty that has existed, and they can now start preparing for a post-Brexit business world.
However, there is limited time to implement the systems needed to tackle trade friction following the announcement that import controls would be brought in on EU goods at the border from 31st December.
"We do not have to like it, but we do now need to get ready to get things done to implement the new requirements, which are necessary, and we are now on a countdown to get the right software in place."
We do not have to like it, but we do now need to get ready to get things done to implement the new requirements, which are necessary, and we are now on a countdown to get the right software in place.
Meanwhile, the industry should also welcome the decision to extend the Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) computer system until 2021, giving more time to prepare for additional changes.
There is certainly much to get on with and many challenges ahead and the sooner we start, the better prepared we will be to meet the changing business needs.
As always, feel free to get in touch if you have any comments, and I hope you enjoy this February edition of the ASM newsletter.
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