Brexit Statement Nov 2020


As you will be aware, the UK is fast approaching the end of the Transition Period, when we leave the EU single market and customs union on 31st December 2020.
Since the UK voted to leave the European Union in 2016, Datesand has been working meticulously to analyse all implications of Brexit for our customers. We have continued to work closely with our Supply Chain partners to ensure continued, uninterrupted service throughout the UK, Europe and Rest of the World.
Having undertaken a thorough risk assessment of Brexit in 2017, we’ve been in regular close contact with the Department of International Trade (DIT) and other advisors to ensure full preparation for all potential Brexit scenarios. We have also sought guidance from our trusted transport partners regarding imports and have appointed a transport company to manage all customs clearances for imports and exports. In addition, Datesand, in our new facilities are in the process of becoming an approved customs bonded warehouse, ensuring even swifter clearance of goods to arrive with our customers in the fastest possible time.

Here is a reminder of some of our key Brexit preparation so far:

  • Increased stock holding inside the UK across 4 sites
  • Additional stock holding by production partners in the EU and beyond
  • Registration of a company in the EU
  • Increased production capacity in UK and EU
  • Relocation to a larger facility
  • Continued close work with customs brokers RE tariffs and customs clearance requirements
  •  Application to become bonded warehouse
  • Incoterms agreed with suppliers
  •  Customer documentation – commercial invoice templates have been set up for all European customers in readiness with our EORI number (for your reference, Datesand’s EORI number is GB403505790000)
  • We have appointed a Customs clearance agent to help with clearance of any EU shipments.
  • Customs commodity codes have been reviewed in full (please let us know if you require a list)
  • We recommend using FCA and DAP incoterms to all of our European partners (DDP/EXW incoterms are to be avoided)


We know that many of our customers and partners have also made excellent preparations for Brexit. We have seen increased stock holding and forward order forecasting. This is something that we would strongly encourage you to consider.
Please take a close look at your requirements for the next 3-6 months and where possible place forward orders, which can be
arranged on a call off or standing order basis.
This advice is even more important due to the uncertainties being caused due to COVID-19.
We pride ourselves on our customer service and flexibility to meet customer requirements. we will continue to work closely with you to ensure a seamless transition in to 2021 and beyond.
We have set our objective to deliver an uninterrupted supply to our customers in the UK, inside the EU and further afield. We ask for your help to make this possible and would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your continued support.

Yours Faithfully

Jonathon Wood