BOC is the UK’s biggest industrial, medical and special gases provider, employing around 3,000 people and serving more than 300,000 customers from over 100 sites. We are part of the Linde Group, one of the world’s biggest industrial gases and engineering companies.
BOC is a key supplier to many industries. We play a critical role in steelmaking, refining, environmental protection, power and water, automotive, defence, chemical processing, glassmaking, hospitality, food processing and distribution, universities and research, healthcare and electronics. Most industries use industrial gases in some form or other and for many it is a non-substitutable part of their operations.
The majority of our products are produced in the UK for UK customers. The small number of products imported from mainland Europe and non-EU countries come via a well-established process and robust supply chain.
As part of our Brexit planning we have engaged with a number of government departments and official bodies to ensure there is a clear understanding of the importance of industrial and medical gases, both to the UK economy and to the health and wellbeing of its people.
We have started the implementation of contingency plans to mitigate the effects of any potential delays in customs clearance for products imported from mainland Europe. Where it is feasible to do so, we are optimising stock levels of certain products. Most of the companies which currently transport our goods in and out of the UK are already EU registered.
In the event of road blockages following Brexit, BOC would use alternative routes wherever possible to enable deliveries to continue as normal. Where normal deliveries are not possible emergency deliveries can be requested and reasonable endeavours will be made to meet these.
The government is currently advising that in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit, all goods imported from the EU will be subject to the same requirements as third country goods, including the payment of duty. The government will determine and publish the new duty rates prior to leaving the EU.
As the majority of our products are used in the UK, any additional costs related to tariffs and/or duties should only affect a relatively small number of products. However, it is likely that the price of these products will have to rise and BOC will also need to consider the effect of any exchange rate movements if there is a ‘no deal’ outcome.
Given our UK production and supply focus, BOC is likely to be minimally affected by any changes to Freedom of People movement across UK borders.
We understand that many customers have concerns. We are taking all reasonable steps to mitigate risk where it is within our control. We will continue to review our position as more information is provided by the Government.
At this stage there is no need to change your normal ordering pattern. If this advice changes we will inform you directly.