VNO-NCW and the Dutch Government warn businesses: Get Ready for Brexit


66 days to go before Brexit is a fact on January 1st 2021. Still, there are companies that have not yet started the preparations for Brexit. “We don’t know what the new situation will be like yet”, some say.

With the negotiations for a trade agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom still going on, that statement is true, but only partly so. Whatever the outcome of the negotiations, a few things are certain: there will be a border between the United Kingdom and the European Union, and there will be customs checks, customs documents, permits, and certifications that weren’t there before or need to be updated.

VNO NCW Warns: The Time to Prepare is Now

“The transition period ends on January 1st. That is when the guillotine will come down. The time to prepare is now, there are 9 weeks to go.”, Winand Quaedvlieg of VNO-NCW told reporters last week. 

Many companies may have been distracted by the impact of COVID in the last couple of months.

The Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (known as VNO-NCW) is the largest employers' organisation in the Netherlands. VNO-NCW represents the common interests of Dutch business, both at home and abroad and provides a variety of services for its members.

Over 160 (branch) associations are members, representing more than 185.000 enterprises. They cover almost all sectors of the economy, including more than 80% of all medium-sized companies in the Netherlands and nearly all of the larger, corporate institutions.

Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs Warns: Get Ready for Brexit

Sigrid Kaag, the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs has written a letter to Dutch businesses last week urging them to prepare for the upcoming Brexit. The message is the same across the boards: whatever the exact outcome of the negotiations, prepare your business for new procedures and look closely at your operations and analyse what part of your business may be impacted.

Customs Support Says: We Can Help You Get Ready

At Customs Support we are ready for Brexit. To make sure you are ready as well we have organized a webinar. In our Get Ready for Brexit! Webinar we will explain how automation and integration will prepare you for what is coming. Next to our digital solution, we will also talk about the steps you need to take to become compliant. 

Register now for the Get Ready for Brexit! Webinar.