Maps of the US and Canada dot the wall above Steve Ahearne’s desk at Pinpoint Manufacturing Ltd in Swansea, south Wales.
The company, which produces tough, high-quality bags used for lifting tools and components mainly for the wind turbine industry, has ambitions of expanding into North America.
“In an unhindered world we’d be looking to crack on and truly go global,” he said. “As it stands we’re a bit unsure, nervous about how we should be investing. We want to expand but we may have to delay. Our order books are a bit quieter than we’d like them to be and our investment plans are up in the air.”
The reasons for the hesitancy are twofold: uncertainty over what shape Brexit will take, of course,
Brexit’s really going to have a big effect on exporting into the US and Canada, isn’t it?
No, the Canada/EU deal does not allow re-export to the US.