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October 2017

Press release 18 October - European Business needs a Seamless Customs Transition to avoid a Heavy Blow from Brexit

Brexit Transitional Period must be agreed as soon as possible to protect EU and UK competitiveness and ensure a frictionless customs and trade environment can be maintained, say top European businesses and trade bodies.  Some of the biggest EU business and trade bodies, covering economic activities from raw materials and agriculture, transport and logistics to technology providers, financial services, veterinary services, wholesale and retail, strongly urge EU and UK negotiators to put legal certainty and predictability for business and trade at the top of their negotiating agenda. Read the press release.

e-news 11 October – FTA issues checklist for no-deal Brexit to ‘Keep Britain Trading’

As the fifth round of talks with the EU over Brexit got underway this week, the Treasury published White Papers on trading and customs agreements to be implemented in the event of a no deal outcome to the talks on the withdrawal of the UK from the EU. FTA has issued its list of conditions which it says are required to Keep Britain Trading, read the press release here.

Press release 9 October – Supply chain warnings are sense not scaremongering

FTA has urged British and EU negotiators who are meeting in Brussels to heed the warnings from traders and logistics operators on both sides of the Channel, that post-Brexit arrangements will need time and effort if the continued smooth passage of trade is to be established.  For this reason, FTA is calling on both sides to recognise that transitional arrangements should be a priority in the negotiations, and on Mr Barnier to advise the EU-27 heads of state and government to review his mandate accordingly later in October. Read the press release

Press release 5 October – Logistics given key role in shaping Welsh economy post-Brexit

With the UK’s exit from the European Union now less than 18 months away, the role of an efficient logistics sector in delivering a healthy Welsh economy has been recognised by the inclusion of the Freight Transport Association at the first meeting of a new Welsh working group. Read the press release.

Press release 2 October – Set financial standing rates in pounds not euros after Brexit

The logistics industry has been spared a further rise in the amount of financial standing required for operators to continue trading next January by a matter of weeks, thanks to a bounce in the strength of the pound in September.  But FTA has said that the UK should be setting its own rate - or even completely review the financial standing system against which logistics operators are deemed to be operationally viable - after Brexit on 29 March 2019. Read the press release.

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