This is where you will find the latest news updates, press releases and blogs from FTA on Brexit and logistics.
A-Z of Brexit update from Deputy Chief Executive, James Hookham; C is for Customs
The latest instalment in our A-Z Guide to Brexit
e-news 16 November 2016 - Chancellor urged to keep Britain competitive in Autumn Statement
In our submission to the Chancellor of the Exchequer ahead of next week’s Autumn Statement (23 November), FTA called for Britain’s ability to move goods around the world without additional cost or red tape to be a priority. We said that Brexit negotiations must ensure that UK goods are no more expensive to export and are not burdened with more red tape. The logistics sector must also be able to access employees from outside the UK, particularly in light of the industry’s staff shortages. Read FTA’s pre-Autumn Statement submission here. FTA will send members a full update on developments following Philip Hammond’s first Autumn Statement next Wednesday.
e-news 16 November 2016 - New FTA Customs Working Group call for members
With customs high on the agenda following the EU Referendum, FTA is launching a new Customs Working Group. The new group, which is open to all FTA members, will initially concentrate on issues arising from Brexit. FTA is working closely with HM Revenue and Customs on its approach to Brexit and needs member input to ensure it is raising the key issues with Government and its departments. Please contact Alex Veitch for more information and to join the group.
e-news 19 October 2016 - FTA warns of the consequences if Heathrow not expanded
FTA warns that failure to keep Britain connected with its world markets through a global hub airport will see freight imports and exports passing through the Channel ports to be flown via European airports in future. With a decision on airport expansion in the south east now expected next week, FTA has reiterated its backing for a third runway at Heathrow; our ‘Sky-high value – The importance of air freight to the UK economy’ report says the airport has the best connectivity to global markets of any in the UK, currently serving 185 destinations in 84 countries. As Britain builds up these markets in a post-Brexit world, access to flights that serve these destinations direct from a home airport will be even more critical for exporters and importers looking to keep their goods competitive and consumer prices down.
The latest in a series of weekly FTA blogs on the implications of Brexit has now been published, read it here.
e-news 12 October 2016 – Brexit update
David Wells, FTA’s Chief Executive, met Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling on Monday 10 October to outline the Association’s priorities to ensure Britain’s businesses stay competitive post-Brexit. He highlighted that EU workers are vital to the logistics industry, not only as drivers but also forklift operators and warehouse staff (EU nationals make up 11 per cent of the total workforce in the sector). It was also emphasised that any new trade arrangements should not add red tape or make British goods more expensive and underlined that cross-Channel and cross-border security could be most effectively maintained by retaining borders checks in Calais. The Transport Secretary took FTA members’ concerns on board and said he would press for tariff-free trade and endeavour to make the movement of goods as easy as possible
In his latest Blog, Deputy Chief Executive James Hookham outlines the key issues surrounding access to the single market, read more here.
e-news 12 October 2016 – House of Lords Brexit inquiry
FTA has submitted evidence on logistics and future trade between the UK and the EU following a request from the House of Lords Internal Market Sub-Committee. The evidence may be read on our website here (member password required).
Press release 10 October 2016 – EU staff are vital to logistics sector, FTA tells Transport Secretary
Press release 7 October 2016 – Heathrow expansion must be part of PM's post-Brexit vision