No-deal Brexit: Lack of road permits will lead to virtual collapse of trade, FTA warns

Current preparations for a no-deal Brexit scenario will not stop a virtual collapse of trade because of the lack of available permits allowing vehicles to and from mainland Europe, the FTA is warning.
 
Commenting on the difficulties and challenges for road haulage preparing for Brexit, FTA’s Deputy Chief Executive, James Hookham told the House of Lords EU Internal Market Sub Committee: “FTA’s relationship with the Department for Transport has often been one of tension and difficulty; a no-deal Brexit would make trading challenging between the EU and UK, so there’

UK firms trading with EU would welcome remaining in the Customs Union, industry expert suggests

A leading logistics expert has said many British companies trading with the EU will have welcomed reports the UK could remain in the Customs Union for longer than currently agreed.
 
David Johnson (pictured), Managing Director of Tudor International Freight, based at Horsforth, Leeds, said the present arrangements meant trade with the bloc “could hardly be easier, quicker or cheaper for British businesses.” 
 
Mr Johnson was reacting to the potential extension of the UK’s transition period.

Brexit: Logistics businesses expected to check the right to work of EU nationals, says FTA

Logistics businesses will be expected to check the right to work of their EU national employees both during the transition period and after Brexit despite there being no system in place to carry out the checks, the Freight Transport Association is warning.
 
The FTA is concerned by evidence recently given by Immigration Minister, Caroline Nokes MP, to the Home Affairs Select Committee looking at Brexit preparations.  
 
Ms Nokes said: “In the intervening period of any transition period it will be incredibly difficult to different

New ‘tech tax’ could threaten profits of logistics businesses, UKWA warns

The United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) has warned the new ‘tech tax’ announced by Chancellor Philip Hammond in Monday’s Budget could be first step towards the introduction of new taxes on all internet sales, threatening a logistics industry where many companies already operate on extremely thin margins.
 
From April 2020, large social media platforms, search engines and online marketplaces will pay a 2% tax on the revenues they earn which are linked to UK users.

Budget 2018: Industry reaction

The Chancellor presented his Budget to Parliament yesterday – here's a summary of the key announcements affecting the freight and logistics sector plus industry reaction and analysis. 
 
£30 billion to improve roads
A £28.8 billion National Roads Fund, paid for by road tax, includes £25.3 billion for the Strategic Road Network (motorways, trunk and A roads).

Supply chain issues set to dominate post-Brexit agenda

Logistics businesses will need to invest in more robust and intelligent logistics infrastructure if they wish to meet the future demands of their customers and consumers after Brexit, industry experts are warning.

Logistics businesses remain positive despite Brexit uncertainty, FTA report suggests

 

Despite a challenging economic climate and Brexit uncertainty, more than three quarters of logistics businesses in the UK remain confident their businesses will grow over the next three years, a new report from the Freight Transport Association suggests.

 

The Logistics Update, launched by the Freight Transport Association (FTA) and Santander, gauged the opinions of more than 370 freight and logistics businesses operating in the UK and internationally. 

 

NAO report: Industry reaction

The freight and logistics industry has reacted angrily to a report from the National Audit Office (NAO) which confirms that businesses do not have enough time to make the changes needed for no deal in March 2019 and that the most complex issues relating to the movement of goods at the border “still need to be resolved”.
 
Commenting, RHA Chief Executive Richard Burnett said: “Today, with only 156 days until the Brexit deadline becomes reality, we are still in the dark regarding the essential details.

Polish lorry driver jailed for smuggling six million cigarettes into the UK

A lorry driver who was caught smuggling millions of cigarettes into the UK has been jailed for two years and 10 months after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
 
Border Force officers stopped a lorry at the Port of Dover on 17 September 2018.

Brexit: Prepare for worst case scenario, says FTA

The Freight Transport Association (FTA), has reacted with frustration to the lack of progress in Brexit negotiations, advising logistics companies to "prepare for the worst case scenario" now.
 
FTA said companies responsible for moving the UK’s goods and services between the UK and Europe need urgent answers to keep Britain trading and clear directions on required Brexit preparation, beyond the no deal notices.
 
Pauline Bastidon, FTA’s Head of European Policy, commented: “With March 2019 fast approaching, it’s frustrating negotiator