As we approach the date the United Kingdom leaves the EU, the risk that the UK leaves without a withdrawal agreement [ no deal ] with the EU is growing. No one knows the impact this will have on Ireland.
ifm Ireland customers are supplied mainly from our warehouse in Germany. However, it is possible that there could be delays in the first weeks after Brexit, hence causing a supply chain delay to our customers. Our UK company is receiving a much larger volume of orders prior to a possible hard Brexit.
ifm Ireland are taking steps with our logistics partners to minimise any such delay. To help us further we would request you to make as many firm orders as possible before 15th March which normally you would have asked us to ship in April. Orders will then be shipped from our warehouse in Germany in the last few days of March as a precaution against any logistical delay.
Going forward we will keep a close eye on developments. Ireland will only be impacted if trucks bringing the goods to Ireland travel through the UK. Our understanding is that standard deliveries using trucks will still use this route. There is, of course, always the possibility of arranging deliveries that will be treated as air-freight straight from Germany.
We hope no big changes will be needed and our delivery performance will remain as before. However, should there be any changes, we will inform you in time.