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February 2017

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

January 2017

Press Release 25 January - FTA’s five-point plan to Keep Britain Trading

FTA has drawn up five priorities for customs and border arrangements to keep Britain trading post Brexit. Deputy Chief Executive James Hookham outlined the issues to the Home Affairs Committee in Parliament. Read the press release.

e-news 25 January - Government industrial policy must include better logistics connections

The Prime Minister has announced that Government will be “stepping up to a new, active role” in industrial policy with the launch of a consultation on its strategy. FTA has reiterated that any successful future for UK industry in a post-Brexit world must involve improving logistics connections in the UK. This means: improving our transport infrastructure to reduce congestion and unreliability; increased access to rail and water freight; helping to reverse the skills shortages within the logistics sector; and, ensuring the UK can trade with Europe and the rest of the world without delays or financial burdens.

Press release 23 January - FTA calls on Government to deliver on industrial policy plans

FTA says the announcement by Prime Minister Theresa May that the Government will be “stepping up to a new, active role” in industrial policy is good news, providing that its objectives can be fulfilled. Read the press release.

Press Release 17 January - FTA supports PM’s Brexit vision of “tariff-free and frictionless trade”

FTA supports the Prime Minister’s vision of Britain’s likely future relationship with our European and global trading partners. Read the press release.

Blog 16 January - 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



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