Business (almost) as usual for UK truckers

EU Ministers formally adopted laws on 19 March that will allow UK hauliers, airlines and bus operators to continue to operate to and from Europe whatever the Brexit outcome. For UK hauliers, this means permits will not be required for the vast majority of journeys to the EU until the end of 2019, while ECMT permits will enable hauliers to transit the EU to third countries. The UK has already ... [+]

No deal still possible, warns BIFA boss

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) is advising its members to continue preparing for a no-deal departure on 29 March, until things become clearer. Director general Robert Keen, said: “Confusion reigns and with less than a fortnight to go before Brexit, no proposal is off the table and some suggest that ... [+]

Action needed to keep the trains on time, says RFG

There is a risk of severe disruption to international freight services in the event of a no-deal Brexit and a lack of agreement on basic rail connectivity through the Channel Tunnel, warns the Rail Freight Group (RFG). While it welcomes the European Commission’s proposal for contingency measures, at present the ... [+]

Watch Mrs May like a hawk

Watch Mrs May like a hawk, urges Tudor Freight boss David Johnson, managing director of Leeds forwarder Tudor International Freight, is urging to watch events in Parliament closely on Wednesday 27 February, as these could lead to the government effectively losing control of the Brexit process. With Prime Minister Theresa May ... [+]

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 ... [+]

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 ... [+]

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