Freight News, Road

Road is key to Brexit, says IRU

[ July 19, 2017   //   ]

With Brexit negotiations getting under way this week, the International Road Transport Union (IRU) said it was essential that the UK Government and the European Union reach a comprehensive deal on road transport.

It said that key issues include customs facilitation tools such as TIR, customs procedures and duties, border crossing infrastructure, mutual recognition of documents and training, and weights and dimensions of vehicles.

If these issues are ignored, road freight transport between the UK and the European Union could face chaos at border crossings.

Marc Billiet, who leads IRU’s work on EU road freight transport, said: “The importance of having in place a functioning system of cross-border trade between the European Union and the UK cannot be overstated. If there is no agreement in place by the time the UK leaves the EU then we could easily see significant disruption at border crossing points.”