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Work together to keep Ireland on the move, says FTAI

[ November 30, 2020   //   ]

FTA Ireland (FTAI) is urging all businesses to work collaboratively to prepare for the new trading environment at the end of the Brexit transition period to protect trade on the island of Ireland.

General manager Aidan Flynnsays that with the end of the Brexit transition period fast approaching: “Industry’s level of preparation will have a direct impact on the scale of delays at our borders, though much disruption will be outside our control. To preserve business continuity and efficient trade, those working within supply chains need to have a clear understanding of what is expected of each link in the chain; for example, identifying who is responsible for customs declarations, safety and security declarations, transit documents, health certificates, pre-boarding notifications, and so on.”

FTAI also welcomed the news that those managing haulage companies in Ireland who hold a UK transport manager qualification are permitted to have these credentials swapped for an Irish-issued version, confirming that approximately 200 individuals will not have to re-sit the trade examination. It is also pleased by the news that DFDS will start a direct ro ro service from Rosslare to Dunkirk from 2 January 2021, adding: “At the end of the Brexit transition period, the so-called land bridge will become compromised as a consequence of border controls, traffic congestion and uncertainty around access to ports; new, frequent ferry services are vital to preserving Ireland’s international competitiveness.”