UK logistics lags behind says FTA report

The UK's global competitiveness has dropped significantly and investment transport and logistics is urgently required to boost its attractiveness to international investors, according to a new Freight Transport Association (FTA) report released on 9 May. The 2019 Logistics Report, launched by FTA in association with Santander Corporate and Commercial Banking, polled over 500 freight and logistics businesses operating in the UK and internationally. FTA director of UK policy, Elizabeth de Jong, ... [+]

We need the Customs tariff now, say shippers

The Freight Transport Association called on the Government to clarify its plans for the amount of customs duty that will be payable on imported goods in the event of a No Deal Brexit. It says it has sent mixed signals, only saying that it will announce the UK Customs tariff "shortly". ... [+]

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: ... [+]

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 ... [+]

No clean air charge for Southampton

The Freight Transport Association has welcomed Southampton City Council’s rejection if a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) charge in Southampton, saying the decision would boost the port and local businesses. FTA says that the zone would have damaged the port and local economy but fail to deliver swift improvements in air ... [+]

Immigration White Paper disappoints

The Freight Transport Association said that the Government’s White Paper on immigration after Brexit, published on 19 December “ignores the very real needs and concerns of the logistics industry, which supports every facet of the UK economy.” Head of skills campaigns, Sally Gilson, said: “With skills shortages already being experienced among ... [+]

Common Transit Convention will help speed UK exports, say FTA and FTAI

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) and FTA Ireland have welcome the EU’s invitation to the UK to join its Common Transit Convention (CTC) in its own right, something the associations have been pressing for some time. In the event of no deal, traders would use CTC to temporarily suspend payment ... [+]

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. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/ecmt-international-road-haulage-permits [+]

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 ... [+]

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