With a possible no-deal exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union just a few weeks away, logistics operators and carriers are having to conduct analyses, anticipate and take action to gain tighter control of their customers’ processes. Amongst the available tools, the DDS Shipper transport software solution DDS Shipper, developed by DDS Logistics, stands out as a valuable ally.
On June 23, 2016, a majority of British voters voted in favor of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union. The British parliament had until October 31, 2019 to ratify a withdrawal agreement that was still uncertain.
In the event of a no-deal exit, measures have been taken to make sure that the sea, rail and air links with the United Kingdom can continue to operate, at least initially. Despite these measures, certain changes, and customs checks in particular, will radically impact trade between France and the United Kingdom this autumn.
According to the figures published by the French Ministry of the Economy, in 2018, the United Kingdom was France’s sixth-largest customer and its seventh-largest supplier (3.6%), representing €32 bn of exports and €20 bn of imports. All the logistical and transport flows behind these figures could be affected.*
Disruption of the supply chain
Regulatory complexity, business uncertainty, tougher scheduling, impacts on relations with customers, suppliers and logistics partners… The numerous risks will almost inevitably seriously disrupt the supply chain, resulting in lengthy delays.
The return of time-consuming physical customs checks will make trade more complex, resulting in significantly longer delivery lead times. A hindrance made all the more important by the demand for agility and just-in-time deliveries facing logistics operators worldwide.
Anticipating risks with transport software The consequences of Brexit are a genuine challenge for companies, and they must be anticipated and controlled through a precise inventory of their processes and a new organization.
A goal that can be achieved through the digitization of the supply chain and the deployment of tools to optimize transport. Transport Management System (TMS) software is designed to:
- Support the decision-making process
Transport software, like the DDS Shipper shipments and rounds scheduling tool, can be used to draw up a transport plan according to various parameters. It can then be used to prepare series of alternative routes that are more efficient in terms of lead times, while also calculating the cost of any such changes.
- Limit the impact on customer service
Traceability is an essential prerequisite of any efficient supply chain. The capability to keep track of flows, no matter where they are, and to inform end customers of shipments that are running early or late due to border formalities, is a critically important factor that is facilitated by the deployment of transport software.
- Control budgets
Optimizing increases in the cost of transport, limiting the time that carriers spend waiting, negotiating rates, etc., are all benefits offered by the DDS Shipper transport software that help you keep your budget under control in an uncertain environment.
While the outlines of the future trade relations between the European Union and the United Kingdom are still unclear, the DDS Shipper TMS helps keep tight control of the complete transport process, irrespective of the conditions under which it is implemented.
*Source : https://www.tresor.economie.gouv.fr/Pays/GB/relation-economique-bilaterale