Freight men to join Brexit advice group – updated

FTA policy manager for Northern Ireland Seamus Leheny and Peter MacSwiney, chairman of freight software firm ASM have been appointed to a new Technical Alternative Arrangements Advisory Group to explore options to replace the Northern Ireland backstop by the end of 2020. The group consists of 15 technical experts in customs and trade from both the public and private sectors, and academia. It will help to inform the government about ... [+]

Tunnel ready for Brexit checks

Eurotunnel officially handed over buildings intended for customs, veterinary and phytosanitary inspection services to the French authorities on 4 April. The Douane-SIVEP control centre will be open 24 hours for Ministry of Agriculture officials and customs officers. It provides nine unloading docks, a refrigerated storage area, 100 parking spaces for ... [+]

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 ... [+]

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 ... [+]

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