Webinar: the economic impact of Brexit on horticulture14 October 2020
Brexit is not just about the possible import levies. The economic consequences reach much farther than that. Are you prepared? Experts can tell you all about the impact on horticulture in a webinar from World Horti Center. Eline van den Berg speaks for Royal FloraHolland about the impact analysis that our company executed. Are you interested? Note down the date 29 October 2020.
The United Kingdom (UK) left the European Union on 31 January 2020. Until 31 December there is a transition period. During this period, the UK has to comply with EU laws and regulations. After this date, the EU laws and regulations will no longer apply to the UK, and doing business with new borders, higher import costs, more complex procedures and more controls, will change considerably.
Brexit could have major consequences for horticulture companies in the Netherlands, and could affect your company as well. Were you able to prepare for this during this relatively short transition period? What lies ahead with regards to trade from and to the United Kingdom? World Horti Center and experts of partner organisations shed light on the economic consequences of Brexit during this webinar.
Eline van den Berg from Royal FloraHolland speaks about the impact analysis that the company executed. "This analysis shows that the more expensive Dutch ornamental plants or flowers have major consequences for the market and for our competitive position in the United Kingdom." During the analysis, attention was given to the changes in the transport process for flowers and plants to the United Kingdom. Additional costs may be incurred.
"There is little attention for this impact of Brexit on the floriculture industry. That's why we wanted to list all the changes that will be coming and to which extent flowers will become more expensive for the UK. For example, higher customs charges, import levies, decline in currency, delay in the process due to inspections at the borders.
In addition to Eline van den Berg, there are other experts who shed light on the economic consequences of the Brexit:
- Nigel Jenney from Fresh Produce Consortium (the fresh produce trade association of the United Kingdom) provides his vision on the development of the market of fresh products. How do our British trade partners look at Brexit?
- Stefan Koopman from the Rabobank speaks about the value of the British pound and whether or not this can recover, or if the current weakness will stay. He also provides insight into the macro economic impact of Brexit.
- Gert Mulder is Brexit coordinator of Fresh Produce Centre and he anticipates major logistics problems for fruits and vegetables to the United Kingdom. He will propose several solutions and scenarios.
- Winan Quaedvlieg, the permanent delegate from VNO-NCW in Brussels, paints the political view of Brexit. Without laws and regulations, no one can know where they stand and free transport of goods will no longer be possible.
- Suse van Kleef, correspondent for NOS and the AD in the UK, will function as a moderator and explain what Brexit means for the horticulture industry.
You are cordially invited to take part in this webinar on 29 October at 3.00-5.00 pm. Registering is mandatory. The participation is free of charge.