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Fulfilment firm moves into Europe

[ July 27, 2021   //   ]

E-commerce specialist James and James Fulfilment is expanding its UK operations and business model into the EU an EU fulfilment centre in Venlo, the Netherlands. The company, which has a UK centre in Northampton, says that since Brexit was introduced in January, trade in Europe has become prohibitive, expensive and complicated for many UK firms trying to enter or grow their businesses in the EU.

The Venlo centre allows UK traders to avoid VAT charges in the EU, improve customs duty management and reduce potentially lengthy port delays, while offering more affordable shipping. The nearby Cabooter Rail Terminal in also handles trains directly to and from China.

Key EU markets, including Belgium, France and Germany are within one-hour’s drive.

Chief executive, James Hyde said: “As well as zero customs formalities and declarations to slow things down, having an EU presence also means you don’t have to worry about complex rules of origin to enjoy tariff-free trade. If businesses don’t want to ship goods from the UK, talk to us about getting set up in our Venlo-based fulfilment centre, to benefit from quicker transit times, and as is often the case, cheaper shipping rates.”

Over the coming months, James and James plans to grow a network of like-minded partners in Europe, including international payment providers, customs and tax specialists. The firm is also exploring deeper routes into the US and aims to offer a similar proposition across that region.

(Main fulfillement centre photo credit: Peter Markesteijn, Markesteijn Fotografie)