Take action now to avoid trade standstill, urges Logistics UK

The publication the Public Accounts Committee report, EU Exit: UK Border Post transition, shows that government needs urgently needs to focus on the nation’s borders if trade is not to grind to a halt from this summer, warns Logistics UK. There is still much to do to keep the UK trading with its closest business market, it says. Head of European policy, Sarah Laouadi, explains that while the freight industry has ... [+]

Updated: Trade welcomes deal but still work to do

Logistics UK has welcomed the European Parliament’s ratification of the Trade and Customs Agreement (TCA) drawn up at the end of last year, just before the Brexit deadline. European policy manager Sarah Laouadi said it would give certainty to businesses on both sides of the Channel and also enable industry, ... [+]

Logistics UK welcomes grace period for NI SPS checks

Logistics UK’s policy manager for Northern Ireland, Seamus Leheny  has welcomed the government’s announcement that it would extend the grace periods relating to border checks on SPS agri-food goods, originally set to expire after 31 March. He said: “We are pleased the government listened to the advice we shared with Rt Hon Michael Gove MP and European Commission vice president Maroš Šefčovič at ... [+]

More efforts needed to keep Ulster trade flowing, says Logistics UK

The Northern Ireland Protocol that governs movement of goods between Great Britain and the province needs further work, Logistics UK told UK government and EU representatives at a round table meeting on 18 February. Policy manager for Northern Ireland Seamus Leheny told the gathering, chaired by Michael Gove and European Commission ... [+]

Logistics UK to join Brexit taskforce

Logistics UK has been invited to join the government’s Brexit Business Taskforce. The invitation, by Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove, is in recognition of the group’s work helping government to keep Britain trading throughout the Brexit process.  Logistics UK chief executive And, as David Wells, said: “We are ... [+]

Cautious welcome for new Ulster food groupage rules

New sanitary and phytosanitary SPS rules for groupage freight moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland using groupage could help prevent delays, says Logistics UK. It said it was “cautiously optimistic” that the solution proposed “will help prevent delays, by reducing the number of vehicles needing to be inspected on ... [+]

Logistics UK calls for better Ulster information

Logistics UK has called on the government steps up communication with industry to ensure that trucks between Great Britain and Northern Ireland have the correct paperwork and declarations. It follows reports of disruption to trade on the route. Director of policy, Elizabeth de Jong, said: “Issues which have occurred at the ... [+]

Kent to ban overnight truckers

Logistics UK has reacted angrily to plans by the Department for Transport and Kent Country Council to temporarily ban lorry drivers from taking all rest periods other than the 45mins break in seven Kent boroughs. Policy Manager for the South, Heidi Skinner, said they had failed to consider their welfare and rest periods were required to meet ... [+]

Logistics UK meets minister at motorway services

Logistics UK chief executive David Wells met with EU Transition Minister, Rachel Maclean, to discuss the upcoming end of the Brexit transition period on 3 December. Their meeting took place at the new Information and Advice Site at Hopwood Service Station, one of 45 sites designed to offer drivers of freight ... [+]

Dover disruption ‘inevitable’ Gove warns

There will inevitably be some disruption to freight moving through the Channel ports says Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove. He told the Logistics UK Get Ready for Brexit online seminar on 25 November that while work was going on to eliminate as many risks as possible, his ... [+]

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