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SAGE Publishing: Prepared for Brexit

3 February 2020

This is an update on the work we have done to ensure that SAGE Publishing is fully prepared for Brexit.

While the UK has now ceased to be an EU member, we are currently in a transition period which will last until 31 December 2020. There are no changes to our trading or despatch arrangements at this time. 

It is not yet clear what trading terms the UK and EU will operate after 31 December 2020.  Nevertheless, we believe it is important that our customers anywhere in the world do not experience disruption to their business with us, or for there to be impact on their customers at that time, as a result of Brexit. We are therefore remaining prepared for the worst case – a situation in which the UK leaves the EU on 31st December 2020 with no arrangements in place (a “cliff-edge” Brexit).

We are confident that we have arrangements in place to prevent disruption and ensure continuity of supply for our customers and authors in the UK, the EU and the rest of the world, even if the worst case becomes a reality.

Where might the impact of a hard Brexit be greatest?

The area of SAGE’s business that is most likely to be affected by a cliff-edge Brexit is the supply chain and dispatch of books to countries in the EU and elsewhere on continental Europe, caused by delays at ports in the UK and EU as customs checks take place.

We don’t believe that journals and digital product sales will be significantly disrupted and so we have focused our contingency planning on our books supply chain.

What are we doing to protect our supply chain?

To ensure books are delivered on time and without causing additional work for our customers, we have contracted with PrintForce, a major printer in the Netherlands, to supply local printing in continental Europe.

We expect no impact on delivery times or shipping costs. Invoicing will remain substantially the same. Payment processes, returns processes and policies, and the supply of product data via ONIX feeds will remain unchanged. Depending on customers’ VAT status, VAT may be charged, and we can advise on this on a case-by-case basis.

How long might disruption continue?

Again, we can’t know for certain, but it is likely to be worst in the initial months after 31st December 2020. We will keep the situation under constant review, develop our plans as required, and keep our customers informed as circumstances change.

What do customers need to do now?

Customers should continue to place their orders with SAGE by whatever method they normally use. This includes consolidation of SAGE orders, PubEasy, and EDI orders.

As the year progresses we will update information on our website at sagepub.com/brexit and inform customers as necessary

If you have any questions, please contact: brexit.questions@sagepub.co.uk

Thank you for your continuing business with SAGE.

Katharine Jackson

Chief Operating Officer

SAGE Publishing International