Business Case

How to optimise & secure flows from Morocco to Great Britain in a post-Brexit world for a leading car supplier

Company: Citic Dicastal

CITIC Dicastal is the world's largest producer and exporter of automotive aluminium wheels. The company also manufactures a full range of lightweight aluminium cast components for automotive powertrain, chassis and body systems under KSM Castings.

Business sector: Automotive    

Solutions: Road transport, shortsea, Customs, fiscal representation   

Geographical areas: Morocco and Europe  

Customer context

In the context of its strong international development both in Morocco and in Europe, the world's largest supplier of automotive aluminium wheel and aluminium chassis parts, CITIC DICASTAL, has opened a new factory in Morocco (Kenitra) and planned to deliver alloy wheels for Nissan Production in Sunderland, (GB).

Business challenges

Not being located in Great Britain and in a post-Brexit world, the company intends to highly secure its imports from Morocco:

  • Sell DDP to the UK to avoid complexity and risks of international trade (tariffs volatility, customs…) for its customers
  • Identify an « importer of record » in the UK, legally responsible for the flow of imports into the GB

GEFCO Solution

  • GEFCO “importer of record” & CITIC are the importers
  • Unique contact in Great Britain
  • Customs and Fiscal representation engineering
  • « Integrated Logistics » solution design & monitoring
    • Fiscal representation in Great Britain: dedicated accountant liaising with local fiscal administration, registration to GB VAT, management of GB Fiscal declarations
    • Transport from Morocco to GB warehouse
      • Shortsea solution: from Kenitra (MA) to Rotterdam (NL), from Rotterdam (NL) to Teesport (GB)
      • Road solution: from Kenitra (MA) to Tangiers (MA), ferry to Algeciras (ES), road transport to Zeebrugge (BE), unaccompanied Ferry - Immingham (GB), final mile delivery into Washington (GB)
    • Import Customs in Great Britain: postponed VAT accounting (new regulation since 1/1/2021)
    • Live monitoring of operations: track and trace with carriers, VAT declarations, KPI’s
  • Continuous improvement

Customer Benefits

  • Securing the GB import flows with an optimised Door to Door solution: fiscal representation + multimode transport & Customs
  • Time & cost optimisation
    • GEFCO handles the full management and responsibility of the import flows as the unique contact
    • Cash flow gains (no VAT advance on imports)
  • Compliance and adherence to transit times guaranteed
    • Impact on lead times: after customs clearance, the products are free for use without any more delays
  • Full visibility