LKAB Minerals is a global business, with our Head Office located in Sweden. We have 12 manufacturing sites, of which 8 are located in the UK, and over 400 employees, with around 270 based in the UK.
In our risk assessment, we have identified several key areas of focus for a potential Brexit impact, including:
• Customer service and supply chain
• Import and Export trade, including the potential impact of tariffs and customs checks
• Inventory control
• Taxation and Currency risk
• Regulatory compliance
Our Brexit project team continually assesses each area in line with developments as they occur, and the likely impacts that we need to consider. We are actively working with various Trade Associations and Government Departments to ensure we have the best advice at our disposal, as we plan for the challenges and opportunities ahead. Whilst we eagerly await clarification from the Government on the longer term plans for the UK’s exit from the EU and although considerable uncertainty remains about the eventual political and legal outcome, based on our understanding today, we believe that the potential risks that Brexit may generate are manageable for our business. We are confident that our business model will be able to adapt and respond to the likely added complexities that may arise.
Customer service and supply chain
We are actively engaged with customers, suppliers, and other stakeholder groups to ensure that we have comprehensive knowledge and the most up to date view of the likely impact of potential Brexit outcomes, both on ourselves and on those with whom we do business. In many areas we already have in place flexible production and inventory capacity, across the UK and Continental Europe. We have considerable in-house experience of handling distribution and shipping, both inside and outside the EU, and we are planning, as indeed we already do, to mitigate against potential disruption and delays in customs clearance. In order to further minimise such risks we are working toward attaining AEO (Authorised Economic Operator) status. At our Production facility at Moerdijk, in the Netherlands, we can provide the additional inventory capacity to protect our European customer base from any short term issues that might arise and, in the event that is required, a timetable for implementing that
inventory is being formulated. Through our Sales offices in Moerdijk, Essen, and elsewhere across continental Europe, we can provide the additional customer service that may be needed in planning and mitigating against short term impacts. Over the longer term, we are confident that a transition period will allow the time to put in place contingency procedures to minimise further disruption.
In the light of Brexit, LKAB Minerals Ltd will comply with both the EU and UK Regulatory Frameworks introduced as a result of this process. In addition we are considering the transfer of existing EU registrations to our Continental Europe based sister companies to aid with this process and undertake UK registrations if required.
Whilst the final settlement between the UK and EU remains to be agreed, LKAB Minerals will continue to actively work with our customers and supply chain partners over the coming weeks and months to prepare and monitor developments, in order that we continue to operate effectively throughout the Brexit period and beyond.