Vandecasteele sets up UK company

5 March 2021

Vandecasteele Houtimport has created a UK registered company to minimise post-Brexit administration and streamline service for customers.

Vandecasteele Timber Ltd acts as operator under the UK Timber Regulation, handling all due diligence and other customs clearance procedures.

“We have set up the company basically to continue to service the UK market as before,” said export manager Geneviève Standaert.

“It ensures for UK customers that nothing changes; all paperwork is from UK to UK, so there are no headaches for customs clearance, phytosanitary certificates, VAT prepayment and so on. Due diligence, in particular, can be a lot of work and a challenge for companies which may not have done it before. We take that work on on the UK customer’s behalf.”

Vandecasteele’s sales to the UK dropped sharply in the first two months of the pandemic, but recovered rapidly from May.

“Business has continued to grow since and today is really good,” said Ms Standaert.