Brexit & International Trade

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Brexit & International Trade

A full house turned out at Bristol Port to listen to speakers talk about the implications of Brexit for International Trade.  David Brown, CEO Bristol Port kick started the session with an upbeat  overview of what the port have been doing. 65% of the good that come into the Port are from outside of the EU and the majority are imported under WTO rules. David took questions from the audience. He was followed by Keri Pay from Crowe, how talked about Customs & Duty and the implications a No Deal has; he spoke about the potential different scenarios whether we had a EEA;  a Negotiated Bilateral Agreement; an Advanced Free Trade Agreement or a fall pack position of no deal and the 53 new trade agreements we would need to negotiate and what about China?  Keri gave some ideas about what we could be looking at around Supply Chain; Tax & Duty and Employees.  We then heard from Julie Ounsworth from Santander who spoke about the opportunities Santander can support organisations with and the wealth of experience and connections they have and the trade missions organised throughout the year.  Their Trade Portal can help businesses look at different regions and gain some great insights to products and service opportunities.  Free to Santander customers but a 90 day trail is also available. Mark Rogers from UKTi spoke about the government support that was available to businesses
Our Keynote Speaker Sam Lowe from the Centre for European Reform gave us an overview of the position as we stand and the potential different scenarios and what we might expect to see post 29th March.   Sam gave numerous examples of the impact the changes will have on different sectors. An amazing opportunity gain some insights into what is going on and the potential impacts.  Fantastic feedback from all attendees.