Brexit Contingency Planning at Crowshall
There remains significant uncertainty around the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union which is planned to take place on 29 March 2019. It remains unclear whether the exit will occur with or without an agreed deal. Undoubtedly, a “no deal” scenario will affect our trading relationship with Europe which will necessarily default onto World Trade Organisation rules until such a time as a trade agreement can be made. Even with a deal there may be some significant changes in procedures depending on the specific details of the agreement and the nature of the “hard” or “soft” Brexit.
For the poultry industry all of this could impinge on the smooth movement of live poultry, poultry products, medicines and biologicals/vaccines.
Veterinarians at Crowshall have been involved in detailed discussions and updates with APHA/Defra on the ability to export or import live poultry, hatching eggs or poultry products to or from EU Member States. Any potential repercussions for Third Country exports have also been considered (eg those which refer to EU regulations). The situation is developing week by week however at this time there are assurances that a workable infrastructure will be in place and we continue to liaise with the authorities on this.
In relation to medicines, vaccines, laboratory kits and laboratory consumables we have made contact with all our major suppliers to determine their contingency planning. We have already planned to secure sufficient products for the months following Brexit.
Most of our suppliers are working on an assumption of a “hard” Brexit and have assured us that their contingency includes securing of products into warehousing in the UK sufficient to supply UK needs for the 3 to 6 month period after 29th March.
These measures should help to reduce the possible impact on poultry health and welfare in the months immediately following our exit from the EU. There may be some issues with inherently short dated products (e.g. coccidial vaccines) or if there is any sudden shift in vaccination programmes or treatment strategies. As a result our clients are advised to contact us immediately if they can predict any changes in strategy which may result in increased demand for any products over the next 6 months, although we appreciate this may be difficult to forecast.
Please contact Nicky Davis, Technical Director, or any of the veterinarians at Crowshall if you have any specific concerns or queries.
Technical Director, Crowshall Veterinary Services