With the transition period for the UK leaving the EU set to end on 31 December, the government has been running a public information campaign to encourage businesses to ensure they have plans in place to ensure the flow of goods to and from the continent once new border rules are introduced.
Now, Logistics UK, the new name for the Freight Transport Association (FTA), has urged its members and their customers to make sure they “prepare as much as possible for the new trading conditions the industry will face” as the transition period comes to an end.
In a statement, director of policy at Logistics UK Elizabeth De Jong commented: “Logistics UK has been working with government on a series of joint metrics to assess preparedness, as businesses need government to be ready, if they are to be ready.”
She added that “time is of the essence”, and as a result the organisation has called on Michael Gove to accelerate their work to ensure that everyone is ready for the new rules that will come into force on 1 January 2021.
Maritime Executive recently reported that the government has given contracts to four of Europe’s leading ferry companies to ensure that goods are still able to be transported from the continent to the UK.
The Department of Transportation has signed six-month contracts with Stena Line, DFDS, P&O Ferries and Brittany Ferries, collectively worth more than $100 million. The companies will provide a link between the EU and eight UK ports, including Teesport, Portsmouth, Hull and Harwich.
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