How Is Brexit Affecting Trade and Export Finance?

 

The Brexit vote will take another couple years to go into effect, but that doesn’t mean businesses can’t start anticipating the changes.

While the details of the Brexit deals’ impact on export finance aren’t clear yet, there are several areas that will likely be impacted in one way or another.

In this post, we’ll examine how the Brexit deal will impact future trade and export finance.

What Brexit Means for Export Finance

What Brexit Means for Export Finance

The world of United Kingdom export finance is currently up in the air, but there are key areas which will likely be affected. The changes will be contingent on the final trade agreements the UK makes with the European Union and other nations. Check out the list below to see what might change:

Lower Export Prices

Prices for exported goods could witness a drop.

Depending on the nature of the UK’s future trade deals, prices for exported goods could witness a drop.

If the UK continues to export to countries within the European Union, for example, producers might have to lower their prices to make their products more attractive to importers. Alternatively, if the UK enters into trade agreements with different countries, concerns regarding tariffs will be minimized.

Different Export Markets

The Brexit deal might end up changing what countries the UK does business with, depending on the final trade deals reached.

The UK already has access to expansive export markets located in United States, Canada, Japan, China, and the United Arab Emirates. This list could expand, however, if there’s enough global interest from free markets. In fact, the UK is currently promoting that idea with its “Exporting Is Great” campaign.

Many free market countries are already showing interest in entering into a UK trade deal, actually. The UK could leverage its strong ties with India, for example. Other interested countries include Australia and South Africa.

Pound Exchange Rates

Pound Currency

The impact on export finance and market access is clouded with uncertainty and primarily revolves around potential trade agreements made with the European Union. Exchange rates for the Pound, however, is a more cut and dry issue. Currently, the Pound is proving stable, though, as investors have accounted for the impact of Brexit talks.

Export Tariffs

Export tariffs will become an issue, but mainly for businesses that choose to continue doing business with the European Union as their leading market.

Obstacles in this area exist because the European Union will have to ensure its regulations are met while preserving its member’s benefits. This could translate into the previously mentioned lower prices.

Larger companies will be able to take that hit to their profits. Smaller companies, however, will likely have more trouble maintaining their profit margins.

Watching the News

The final outcome of the Brexit vote has yet to be seen.

The final outcome of the Brexit vote has yet to be seen. But don’t fret just yet. The result might actually be in your favor. To find the latest developments on this ongoing story, check out the Adam Smith Associates blog.

Using Blockchain Technology Companies for Trade Finance

One of the most propitious industries for blockchain technology is trade finance. Many of the world’s largest banks are putting time into its research and development.

Thanks to a consortium of 71 global financial leaders, R3CEV, much has been uncovered about potential uses of blockchain technology.

Since 2016, R3 has executed several pilot runs in the marketplace to complement their research. They will continue to improve these strategies until ready to fully enter the market.

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Here’s the future of trade finance with blockchain technology companies.

So, what are some of their findings of potential use? Here’s the future of trade finance with blockchain technology companies.

Monitor Real-Time Status and Condition

One of R3’s members, CBA, is a leading contributor to the research of blockchain technology. Currently, they are undergoing 3 different projects to analyze blockchain use.

They are conducting a trial run with exporters who ship cotton. A humidity monitor is placed inside the canister, which is linked to IoT and GPS.

This monitor allows consumers to track their shipments with real-time status. Also, they are able to evaluate the condition of their product as it travels through.

Other national blockchain technology companies are running pilots, similar to this study. In Singapore, Hellosent is conducting similar tests. However, they’re studying the import of French wine.

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A growing issue for grain farmers is a financial loss due to trade insolvencies.

Eliminate Unpaid Settlements

A growing issue for grain farmers is a financial loss due to trade insolvencies. An estimated $50 million was lost in 2014 because of this activity.

It takes roughly 4-6 weeks for a farmer to receive payment for their shipments. At that, often times conflict arises between farmers and buyers over payment complications (failing to pay the appropriate amount, late payment, etc.).

Australian start-up, Full Profile, has taken matters into their own hands.

Their blockchain platform allows farmers to now receive automatic payment upon delivery of grains. This will significantly reduce the risk of dispute between farmers and buyers.

Once Full Profile’s application is fully functional in a domestic setting, they will expand on external trade.

Digitize 

The use of blockchain technology can also be beneficial to reducing financial loss and risk. Upon further development, it will be able to digitize sales and legal arrangements.

Trade finance is an unwieldy industry, that relies heavily on settlements and contracts. Currently, most of these agreements are handled the old-fashioned way: paper copies.

Blockchain technology will remove the need for this paper-based system. This ultimately reduces the risk of financial loss as documents are often lost, mishandled, or tarnished.

Electronic documentation can be tracked much more efficiently. Also, it cuts out the need for a third-party verification system.

Interested in Learning More About Blockchain Technology Companies?

Blockchain technology creates transparency in financial trade between buyers and sellers. From the moment an order is made up until payment, blockchain is capable of simplifying the trade process.

Are you based out of India and looking to jump into the world of international trade? You’re at the right place.

At Adam Smith Associates, we aid our clients through all of their trade finance needs. Contact us to learn how we can help you!