brexit

Member States press for UK cabotage

A group of EU countries was pressing the European Commission to give UK hauliers and airlines cabotage rights within the EU, according to the BBC. Under the European Commission's contingency plans in the event of a no deal Brexit published on 19 December, the Commission tabled a proposal whereby UK hauliers could carry out certain transport operations in the EU on the basis of mutual recognition of the Community ... [+]

Europa joins the hunt for customs experts

Dartford-based groupage operator Europa Worldwide Group said it was joining the nationwide search for qualified customs personnel as the UK prepares to leave the EU on 29 March. It says it will hire 40 customs clearance and operational staff at its 1Hub headquarters in Dartford and is recruiting for a range ... [+]

FTA questions Kent road readiness

With less than two months until the UK’s scheduled departure from the EU, FTA is is questioning whether the government’s planned £29 million spending on the Operation Brock traffic management scheme for the Kent coast has been made available in time. Policy manager for the South East, Heidi Skinner, said: ... [+]

We’re ready, even if the politicians aren’t, says Calais

On the eve of 15 January’s Brexit vote in the House of Commons, the port of Calais published details of the new facities it had created in anticipation of a ‘No Deal’ outcome. Port Boulogne Calais says it has been working closely with government services, transport associations, maritime operators, veterinary inspection ... [+]

Haulage permit deadline is this Friday

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is urging commercial vehicle operators to urgently submit applications for international road haulage permits urgently, applications for which close on Friday 18 January. It says that with No Deal exit from the European Union a very real possibility operators will need ECMT (European ... [+]

Brexit lifts forktruck market

Forklift truck maker Narrow Aisle says it is facing “unprecedented levels of demand” for short-term rentals from firms worried about potential customs delays after Brexit. It says that warehouses operators feel they need to bolster their material handling fleets as companies stockpile products to ensure their business is not affected ... [+]

Wagons roll in Manston

Live tests are currently underway to test the feasibility of using the disused Manston airport as an overflow lorry park in the event of post-Brexit problems in Dover or the Channel Tunnel. A fleet of 89 empty trucks, hired-in by the Department for Transport at taxpayer’s expense, set off at ... [+]

Shippers call for Brexit breathing-space

The European Shippers’ Council has called for a Brexit transitional period until at least December 2020 to allow governments and companies to finalise their preparation. It says that if the present Brexit withdrawal agreement is not passed in the House of Commons in mid-January, a cliff-edge scenario is most likely ... [+]

Government slammed over Brexit-busting ferry plans – updated

According to press reports in late December, some £47.3m has been awarded to DFDS and £46.6m to Brittany Ferries to ramp up services on their existing routes, in an apparent bit to ease the pressure on Dover should customs clearance be required for import freight into the UK. It is ... [+]

EU publishes no-deal Brexit plans

The European Commission published contingency plans in the event of a no deal Brexit published by the European Commission on 19 December. They included a nine-month permit free period for road haulage and measures to allow UK airlines to operate in and out of the EU, but not within it. ... [+]

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