Scottish Borders & International Trading
Presently, the big supermarkets and superstores spread the transportation and distribution costs between them, benefiting all 63 million consumers across the UK. If Scotland had voted YES on September 18th warehousing and distribution charges would have been classed as international trading. Would this have been good or bad news for an independent Scotland?
Same Land, Different Countries
The UK has traded internally for hundreds of years, and that could have all changed. We may not be separated by water, but if the vote for independence went ahead, we would have been divorced by borders of our own making.
How would an independent Scotland have affected the small business owner or consumer?
Even now the cost of living varies across the board.
Would this gap in margins have become even wider if we were to split?
England and Scotland would be different countries, with diverse laws, regulations and more importantly borders. Trading between the two countries would have become an international transaction, resulting in higher charges for warehousing and distribution companies in both communities.
What about the People of Scotland?
Scotland becoming independent could have proved a costly option for the consumer and we may have seen this in increased shop prices. Scotland would no longer have been part of the UK single pricing system, culminating in maximising logistic costs, which would have possibly raised the cost of living.
Added border controls bring extra legislation and administrative work, meaning more staff with wages to pay producing higher charges for both the UK and Scotland.
It’s Not All Bad News
If Scotland had become part of Europe, then the rules could have changed for the better as everything would have been governed by the same European laws ensuring more protective measures all round.
Stick to the Facts!
Our company remains neutral on this matter, after Fridays outcome our four nations that make up the UK continue to all have the backing of each other.
One thing that we can be sure of is that no matter the integrity of the company, however large or small, they still have to pay their bills, and if warehousing and distribution charges were to rise, the money to cover the costs would have to have come from somewhere.