Will Brexit affect pallet delivery services in Europe?

By now it’s a well-known fact that Brexit, for better or worse, has left questions of trade temporarily up in the air for all parties concerned

What are Europe’s pallet delivery companies facing when it comes to Brexit?
Overseas relations with the European Union are under constant negotiation, and the prospect of securing decent trade deals seems like a pipe dream in the eyes of many across the UK. If nothing else, assurances are demanded amidst the uncertainty, but not just for Britain alone.
Uncertainty for trade is also cropping up in Canada and all over the world, a domino effect that is likely to weigh down heavily on Europe in particular. Stagnant trade causes equally stagnant delivery by default, causing varying degrees of chaos for businesses the world over.
Obviously, there’s a lot to be negotiated and determined. So, what does it all mean for the European pallet delivery services?
A rise in costs
Being a part of the European Union provides cost cuts in trade. Import and export taxations are nullified, meaning that pallet delivery services operating within the EU save money by doing business with the 28 (soon to be 27) member states.
Undoubtedly, with the act of Brexit, a seismic shift is taking place. EU countries are yet to iron out the trading taxations with the UK, though it is likely in each party’s interests to retain the free movement of goods for a fairer and cleaner exchange. To do this, Britain must remain within the Single Market.
However, if Britain leaves the Single Market, then pallet delivery services will have to find some extra money somewhere, going through a tedious and costly process to work in and with the UK. Despite some of them operating anywhere within Europe, pallet delivery services remaining in the EU may choose to abandon dealings with the UK to save money.
An upheaval of workers’ rights
Of course, pallet delivery services are not operated by ghosts and machines. It takes people to get the job done, and if the economy is affected, then so too are the companies, and thus their employees. When disaster strikes, all the fallout gets passed down.
A turbulent extraction from the single market could be catastrophic for many workers in the UK, the framework enforcing many of their employment rights. The situation impacts the lesser paid and supposedly ‘lower skilled’ workers hard.
Unfortunately, these workers are active in the pallet delivery industry, with despatch operatives and stock checkers among their numbers. Additionally, those interning or undertaking apprenticeships for them could find themselves driven out by the move, as those on the lower end of the employment spectrum get left behind.
Making the best of it
The time of uncertainty is motivating many delivery services in the UK, including those working in the pallet delivery industry.
Before any crashes can cripple them or price rises can overwhelm them, couriers are doing all the business they can. This means that importation and exportation is currently up, the weaker pound providing a boost that is propelling many delivery businesses to raise their exportation rate.
However, by leaving the Single Market, the opportunities for importation and exportation will become thinner. Consequently, those in the UK will look for domestic sellers, and the demand for overseas trade will plummet – pitting pallet delivery services into catastrophe.
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Neil Buckland is a Leeds Business School University graduate who has been working in the digital industry for the last five years. With a particular interest in business and tech-related topics, he has been writing content for various publications since graduating. When he is not writing, you can find him on the pitch for 5-a-side, reading or enjoying the occasional online video game challenge.