Brexit/COVID-19 issues fade as “clear signs of confidence” grow says AS-PL

Published:  11 March, 2021

Import snarl-ups caused by a combination of cross-border COVID-19 restrictions and the end of the Brexit transition period have eased as far as AS-PL is concerned, and the company is looking forward to normalised trading further into 2021 and beyond.

The UK officially exited the Brexit transition period on 31 December, which coincided with extra restrictions being imposed by French authorities to prevent the spread of the Kent variant of COVID-19. This caused import delays at ports.

However, according to AS-PL Regional Sales Director (UK, Ireland, Australia and Oceania) Kevin Sharp, the situation has improved: “AS-PL continues to go from strength to strength and despite the challenges of a turbulent 2020. The company once again grew its sales revenue and at the same time extended its global reach into 20 new countries around the world.”

“Those challenges were made even harder in the UK due to the Brexit factor, the late trade agreement and the confusion within the market as to what exactly was required to trade seamlessly between the EU and the UK. With the new way of trading creating issues, well documented problems in the logistics supply chain and the continued knock-on effect of the pandemic, together with the shortage of capacity in the freight market, all added up to very tough trading conditions for the UK in the early weeks of 2021.”

Kevin concluded: “However, there are now clear signs that confidence is returning to the market, the logistics supply chain is starting to get back to normality, which means that AS-PL can now continue its growth plans in the UK with renewed vigour, greater brand exposure and enhanced PR and marketing campaigns.”

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