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Brexit outcome still uncertain, says BIFA

[ January 31, 2020   //   ]

British International Freight Association director general Robert Keen called for greater transparency and clarity in the effort to develop a new post-Brexit trading relationship.
Just ahead of the UK’s departure from the EU on 31 January he said: “In light of the change that will likely take place in the trading relationship between the UK and the rest of the Europe, and the lack of any significant details on how that might change, BIFA members remain a little nervous. The sooner that the government provides some clear communication and detail on the type of trade deal that the UK is seeking before the end of 2020, when the post-Brexit transition period runs out, the better for all concerned.
“BIFA members will also need timely guidance and support to help them adapt and make the most of new opportunities as Britain sets its own trading policies.”

He added that trying to achieve the government’s avowed aim of a zero tariff, zero quota trade deal before the end of 2020 was “a very tight schedule and the prospect of a no-deal scenario at the end of 2020 is by no means off the table.”
He added: “I understand that next week, it is expected that Boris Johnson will outline the UK’s new trade priorities, which will inevitably involve some tough choices. BIFA members and the beneficial cargo owners, importers and exporters that they serve are desperately keen to know what those choices are going to be and the likely impact on how the visible movement of trade across borders is managed in future.”