Huboo in The News
We’re back with the second instalment of Huboo in The News, and just in case you haven’t had the chance to read last weeks’ post, you can find it here!
As the first month of Brexit’s new world has come to an end, the headlines show little signs of giving space to other stories in the logistics. Our very own Chief Commercial Officer, Mark Elward shared an update when he spoke with CityAM’s Michiel Willems, offering some commentary on the challenges of trading with the EU:
Mark Elward, chief commercial officer at Huboo, a Bristol-based tech-driven fulfilment provider, said the late nature of the Brexit deal gave e-commerce businesses little time to get their head around the many administrative changes needed to go on trading internationally.
Elward told City A.M. that during the first-week post-Brexit, over 1,000 parcels at Huboo were missing the vital new commodity code required for carriers to ship them.
“An issue which can be rectified, but goes to show how easily errors are made,” he said.
Moreover, so-called Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) numbers are required for importing and exporting all goods to and from the EU.
Elward explained that the commodity codes now required post-Brexit are more complex, with the UK using the standard global six-digit format, and not the 8-digit minimum required by the EU.
“Get the code wrong, and the item won’t make it through customs and essentially won’t reach the end-user. A nightmare for an e-commerce business who are shipping to consumers who, due to the ‘Amazon effect’, have high expectations around delivery timings,” he said.
You can read the full article here.