International courier company ParcelHero has responded to the vote to leave the EU by calling for the UK government to negotiate immediately for access to the single market, and not seek to impose tariffs on EU imports into the UK.
David Jinks, head of consumer research for ParcelHero (left), said, “Many of ParcelHero’s SME business customers voted for Brexit and we understand entirely why they have done so. However, we are concerned for our customers about the possibility of increased costs in sending parcels to the EU and also receiving items from the Union.
“ParcelHero regularly ships to those countries that are in Europe but not in the EU, such as Switzerland, Norway and Iceland,” continued Jinks. “Parcels sent to these countries face customs delays, red tape and tariffs of between 5-9% on average. We hope that the UK will not find itself with similar customs charges and paperwork. It is our hope that negotiations between the UK government and Brussels will ensure that the EU will not impose new tariffs on British goods shipped into the EU; and that similarly, the UK government will not seek to impose tit-for-tat tariffs in return.
“ParcelHero does not foresee any price rises for its popular EU services while the UK’s future relationship is hammered out, and it will seek to protect its customers from any increased costs in the long term. It’s very much business as usual and we trust that Britain will not face new trade tariffs and border delays following these negotiations, which would be very much against the interest of EU countries and businesses, as well as UK SMEs,” Jinks concuded.
June 24, 2016