UK Importers Being Hit By Brexit

Published by PYMNTS.com


The impact of the U.K.’s historic vote to leave the European Union on the U.K. economy is still anyone’s guess, but U.K. importers are already feeling the pain.

That’s according to Covercy, a cross-border business payments service, which said in a press release on Friday (Sept. 23) that the decline in the sterling since the vote means increased costs for U.K. importers to conduct business. According to Covercy, since Brexit, the sterling plunged to a 31-year low against the dollar and dropped 10 percent in trade weighted value. What’s more, overall, the currency is down 16 percent year on year against the dollar and 18 percent year over year against the euro. The steep declines in the value of the sterling mean, currently, U.K. importers’ costs to conduct business have increased 16–18 percent. At the same time, EU imports decreased sharply in July.

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“Importers have seen the cost of doing business shoot up to unprecedented and worrying levels, which actually threatens their survival. This week alone, the pound fell further by 2.5 percent against the euro and dollar, severely hampering British importers’ abilities to do business even further,” said Doron Cohen, CEO of Covercy, in the press release…