ood morning - I hope you are all well, and keeping busy.
Firstly, I'd like to take the opportunity to thank you for your valued business.
Currently, we have 5 nurseries covering approximately 140 acres in Southport, and are able to supply the majority of stock from our own production. However, due to the large variety and diversity in demand, we have always supplemented this production with plants brought in from UK nurseries and the rest of Europe.
The majority of these plants come from a network of expert nurseries, with whom we have worked for many years, often enabling us to get deliveries within one or two days notice, to help you meet clients' demands.
Unfortunately DEFRA, and the Government departments that are in charge of plant imports, have, up to now, made a complete hash of the new regulations we will have to adhere to from the 1st January.
At present a lot of the fine detail relating to importing plants, post Brexit, remains unknown or unclear, and the Government's IT systems are not yet working.
What we know for certain, is that, at least for the foreseeable future, there will be delays in getting plants from Europe, some plants may be unavailable and there are going to be additional costs.
Additional paperwork, and plant health costs will be covered by ourselves, and there may be an, as yet unknown, import tariff - anything from 0 to 8.5%,(current information is that this will be 0%, but the worst case is 8.5%)' and from June, DEFRA want to charge for the inspection of all incoming plants.
Because Customs are unable to check incoming freight at the ports, we have registered all our nurseries as customs points of entry. However, this means that once any lorries arrive, we have to wait 4 hours for them to be inspected before we can move any plants.
To try to make this transition as seamless as possible, we have already had someone working full time for the last 18 months to implement new work systems and understand all the new regulations.
In order for this to have the least amount of impact can I ask the following :
Can you advise in the next 2 weeks of any orders you know or think will be going ahead in January, this will enable us to get the stock in the UK, if required, before January 1st.