PODCAST: UK-EU27 chemicals face severe Brexit disruption with or without a deal

Author: Will Beacham

2020/10/19

BARCELONA (ICIS)--The UK chemical sector and its EU27 trading partners must face up to the reality of severe disruption to trade with or without a free trade deal coming into force.

  • With or without a deal, cross-channel trade will be disrupted
  • New hurdles will include customs declarations and Rules of Origin
  • EU27 customers may stop sourcing from UK
  • Brand owners now spending 35-40% of time on redesigning packaging for recyclability
  • Danger of switch to other types of packaging if industry does not act fast enough
  • Petrochemical sector must shift to recycled feedstocks or face consumer backlash
  • As oil refineries close, less conventional feedstocks will be available

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