Burkert consults, manufactures and sells mechanical and electronic process control equipment for component and system solutions to a very diverse and wide range of industries with production facilities based in Germany and France. The UK has left the EU, and the Brexit transition period comes to an end on the 31st December 2020. The end of this transition period will change how we ship our products from our distribution centre in Germany to the UK. We have plans in place to ensure that we are “Brexit Ready” and are able to meet all your fluid control needs; the following sections provide more information for you to plan alongside us.
UK Global Tariff
From 1st January 2021, the UK will apply a UK-specific tariff to imported goods from the EU. This UK Global Tariff (UKGT) will replace the EU’s Common External Tariff which applies until 31st December 2020. Unless there is an agreement reached between the UK and the EU that changes the need for the UKGT, Burkert UK will amend local pricing to reflect where products are impacted by the new UKGT. We will contact you shortly with further information regarding product commodity codes and where you can find more details from the UK Government website.
Brexit Transition & Our Freight Services
Over the past years we have invested heavily in our European Distribution Centre in Öhringen, Germany; this has allowed us to offer direct deliveries from this facility to our customers in the UK. Unfortunately, due to new regulations and documentation required to support the importation of goods after the Brexit transition period, we will no longer be able to provide this direct delivery service to UK customers.
In future, all new orders will be consolidated at our European Distribution Centre and shipped to our UK warehouses in Cirencester for processing and onward shipment to customers. The cost of shipping goods from Burkert UK to UK customers is unchanged at £15.00 per consignment that is ≤34Kg in weight. Consignments that have a weight >34Kg will be calculated and quoted as required. The freight service from our UK warehouse will continue to be a next working day service for UK mainland locations, subject to geographical courier restrictions.
Product Lead Times
At this stage we do not have a clear vision of the customs clearance procedures after the Brexit transition period. Therefore Burkert UK have decided to plan ahead for possible delays as new systems are put in place. We will extend our product lead times by 5 working days for all shipments that fall beyond the end of the Brexit transition period and we recommend that our customers and partners build a safety factor into their own MRP planning. We will continue to monitor the situation and hope to be able to remove this safety factor as soon as possible.
New Warehouse & Local Stock Solutions
Burkert UK are investing in additional staff and a new UK warehouse in Cirencester alongside our existing facility to minimise interruptions to our supply chain. This new warehouse extends Burkert's ability to offer UK customers local stock for immediate dispatch. If you are interested in how our new facility can help reduce lead times and increase product availability please contact your local Account Manager to discuss a tailored stock agreement for your needs.
We have evolved our business significantly over the last few years through customer centric thinking and the development of new processes and tools, including the functionalities of our eShop and have in general increased our inventory to improve customer experience which should help in this uncertain climate.
We will be conducting our annual inventory count from Tuesday 15th December to Friday 18th December 2020. During this time our shipping capacity will be reduced to urgent orders only to support critical break down requirements.
Our last shipping date to Irish destinations will be Monday 21st December 2020
Our last shipping date to UK destinations will be Wednesday 23rd December 2020
Our UK offices will close at the end of business on Wednesday 23rd December 2020 and re-open on Monday 4th
Our shipping services will resume on Tuesday 5th January 2021 for all destinations
We would encourage our distribution partners and direct customers alike to discuss your specific requirements with us to try and take an element of control in these unprecedented circumstances we find ourselves in. We would request that you review your required inventories through this initial period to ensure that your businesses are given as smooth a transition as possible.
We know that these topics are very dynamic and likely to change, during this year the team at Burkert have focused on being available for all your process control needs and maintaining seamless supply whilst adapting to the ever
changing world that we share. We are committed to this approach and will continue to be there with you as you need us.
We look forward to your continued support through these challenging times and beyond.