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EORI numbers set to grow

[ March 24, 2021   //   ]

Retail logistics specialist Oakland International says that its EORI UK on inbound food safety and supply chain integrity arm – launched in 2017 as Oakland Invicta – has enjoyed “exponential growth” and is working towards the next stage of its expansion in Folkestone.

Six months after opening its Folkestone office, EORI UK now has 14 employees. General manager Tyler Townsend commented: “Folkstone was a new and unique venture to provide expert support and guidance for those seeking customs approvals. Following the end of the transition period, it was decided to increase Folkestone’s support of our head office in Worksop and handle more intricate customs entries. Securing talent is always a tough challenge within the industry as competition is high for the right individual, so we are delighted to have secured, and through high level training, built the team we have.”

Townsend added: “Brexit has been challenging but the industry is very resilient. Although many changes are on the horizon, as a community, customs clearance intermediaries play a vital role in ensuring that goods cross the border with minimal friction.”

Brexit exposed 150,000 traders to new customs formalities and will generate an additional 200 million declarations annually.

Team memberships and training includes the Institute of Export and International Trade, the Institute of International Affairs, certified Level 4 Advanced Customs Compliance from the UK Customs Academy, and most staff have been enrolled to sit the Level 2 UK Customs Academy.