This is where you will find the latest news updates, press releases and blogs from FTA on Brexit and logistics.
e-news 15 March - Minister says logistics is crucial to the UK's future success
Rt Hon David Jones MP, Minister for Exiting the European Union, spoke exclusively to delegates at FTA’s conference, Keep Britain Trading, on 15 March in London. He told global importers and exporters, as well as representatives of worldwide shippers’ councils, representatives of the Commonwealth Secretariat and UK business leaders that establishing strong global trading relationships, and maintaining the UK’s ability to deliver goods on time to customers all over the world, are cornerstones of the Government’s vision for a stronger, more successful nation post Brexit.
During his speech, the Minister also outlined his wish to establish a new, mutually beneficial customs agreement with the EU, to support frictionless cross-border trade, and called on negotiators to ensure that the border between the UK and Ireland remains deeply integrated, to ensure the free flow of goods, utilities, services and people. In closing, the Minister was upbeat about the future negotiations: “We have a huge opportunity for Britain to carve out a new role in the world, and to be a stronger and more ambitious country – a country that is better able to shape its own future in the world. As the Prime Minister has said, we want to build a truly global Britain that is one of the firmest advocates for free trade anywhere in the world.”
e-news 1 February - House of Commons Brexit committee briefed on pive-point trade plan
FTA gave evidence to a session of the Home Affairs Select Committee on the implications for the transport and logistics industry of the UK's exit from the EU; James Hookham stressed the importance of keeping Britain trading throughout the process and ensuring as few delays as possible. he underlined that these were the key issues if the Prime Minister's hopes for "frictionless trade" between the UK and EU were, or appeared unlikely to be, realised.
- Customs systems must be scaled-up to cope with the additional 300 million declarations by 2019
- Shippers and forwarders with no experience of EU customs declarations for the past 24 years must be allowed time to familiarise themselves with the process
- Other EU countries must put in place reciprocal arrangements to prevent delays at all borders, not just those into and out of the UK
- Advanced digital customs declarations must be enabled to prevent physical checks at borders
- The process must be phased in with no 'cliff edge; transport operators' systems are already stretched and will not cope