A recent survey of British Coatings Federation (BCF) members demonstrates how Brexit has impacted on the coatings sector in the form of new customs red-tape and higher costs, since 1st January.
BCF members fear the new trading relationship will have a significant impact on the UK manufacturing of paints, coatings and printing inks.
The survey reported higher shipping costs, increased costs of imported raw materials, and new administration costs to complete customs paperwork, with 30% of companies estimating increases in total operating costs of 3-10%.
As a result, the BCF sees significant risks to the competitiveness of UK production and exports of its members, despite the industry investing in preparing for Brexit (86%) and experienced exporters outside the EU (75% of companies). According to BCF, the new free trade agreement (FTA) will have a significant negative impact on UK exports of paints, coatings and printing inks.