Ports fears rise as Brexit vote delayed

Following the Prime Minister’s statement this afternoon (10 December) confirming that the Parliamentary vote on the EU Withdrawal Agreement has been delayed, the British Ports Association’s chief executive, Richard Ballantyne says that many of the UK’s ports with EU trade and the wider logistics industry is becoming anxious to know what they might need to prepare for and when it may be needed: He said: “If there is a hard Brexit ... [+]

Norway-plus could be way out of Brexit impasse, says forwarder

With Brexit negotiations continuing, Leeds forwarding boss Adam Johnson says that the so-called “Norway Plus” option would be the least damaging practical outcome for UK firms. The Tudor International Freight director said with the draft withdrawal agreement almost certain to be rejected by the House of Commons on 11 December ... [+]

Government releases details of customs training funding

The government has released details of the one-off £8 million funding scheme for customs intermediaries and traders announced in September. Customs intermediaries and traders completing customs declarations can now apply for grants to support training and IT with applications open from 4 December. The government says it has engaged extensively ... [+]

Business as usual for transatlantic flights

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling announced that the UK has reached new air services arrangements with the US and Canada that will allow transatlantic flights to continue after Brexit. The deals will replace the existing EU aviation agreement. [+]

FTA calls on MPs to back Brexit deal

Freight Transport Association (FTA) deputy chief executive James Hookham called on MPs to vote in favour of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement at a meeting with the Prime Minister of businesses and trade associations at 10 Downing Street on 26 November. He stressed that a No Deal outcome to negotiations is not ... [+]

Permits – apply now

Applications for international road haulage permits opened this week. The Freight Transport Association is advising international operators to apply sooner rather than later, in case there is a No Deal Brexit. [+]

Updated: Government unprepared and secretive over Brexit transport plans, say MPs

A Public Accounts Committee (PAC) published today (28 November) has warned that there is “a real risk” of the UK’s transport system being unprepared for Brexit on 29 March and that the Department for Transport has been unnecessarily secretive in its planning It says that risks are increasing “as time runs ... [+]

FTA asks PM for answers on Ulster

The Freight Transport Association stressed that No Deal is not an acceptable option for the Northern Ireland logistics industry at an audience with Theresa May on 22 November at Number 10 Downing Street, t The meeting, at the request of the Prime Minister, gave Northern Ireland policy lead Seamus Leheny and ... [+]

Brexit borders made easy

The Port of Le Havre community system, SOGET, says it can offer an electronic solution to the problem of clearing cross-Channel traffic between the UK and France after Brexit. SOGET's Port Community System (PCS) already handles ro ro operations across the Channel to the ports of Caen-Ouistreham, Calais and Le Havre. ... [+]

FTA Ireland welcomes Brexit agreement

FTA Ireland (FTAI) says it has “reacted positively” to the draft withdrawal agreement presented by Teresa May to the UK Parliament on 15 November, and believes that it will assist the transition to a frictionless trading environment, while boosting confidence and certainty. General manager Aidan Flynn said: “Ireland would be the ... [+]

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