On 14 December, Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT) organized a first brexit seminar. More than 30 Flemish goods exporting companies received information on how to prepare itself for brexit. All information, from customs formalities to exchange risks, is now available on the new contact point webpage.
The precise impact of brexit on trade relations is very difficult to estimate at this stage, but many key concerns for Flemish entrepreneurs are already clear.
During the seminar experts provided practical tips on customs formalities, exchange risks, standards, labelling and licenses. All topics are covered on the new ‘Brexit contact point’ webpage. Companies can also contact FIT (firstname.lastname@example.org) to address further questions.
“The impact of Brexit on the Flemish economy will be very substantial. The Flemish economy depends to a great extent on trade with the UK. It is our 4th export market. Companies should prepare for Brexit. This contact point will be a key partner for them," according to Claire Tillekaerts, CEO Flanders Investment & Trade.
Minister-president Geert Bourgeois: “Flanders consistently advocates a trade-friendly brexit and the conclusion of a comprehensive and thorough trade agreement. This second phase, on the future relations between the EU and the UK, is important for Flanders. In order to be able to weigh on these negotiations, the Government of Flanders has identified its priorities.”