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23 September 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 14:43 GMT+2

June 12, 2020

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Freight Transport Association calls on London government to have more time to prepare logistics for Brexit

Elizabeth de Jong: This is a challenge that will require months, not minutes, to be dealt with properly

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has asked the government to London more time to prepare companies in the logistics to deal with Brexit, which will be implemented transition period that will end on the next 31 December, especially in view of the fact that -- explained the British Logistics Association - the last round of talks between the two parties ended without any announced progress and indications are that there may not be a formal agreement until October.

"As an area," elizabeth de Jong pointed out, "it's a FTA policymaker - logistics is absolutely committed to making Brexit a success, but for doing so we'll need time to prepare for any aspect final agreement. We are not asking for the talks to be extended - specified -- but to allow enough time to allow you to those who are required to initiate new business processes to be ready to do so."

Elizabeth de Jong pointed out that the five and a half months remain before the UK leaves the European Union are sufficient to put in place all the systems and procedures necessary to ensure that trade continues to run without interruption. "This," he said. will be aggravated by the fact that in our industry Christmas is traditionally the busiest time of year and there there will be little time to make changes necessary.'

"The Covid-19," continued the FTA representative, "was not demonstrated how vital a supply chain is solid and fully functioning for the success of the UK and of its economy and whether our associates are ready to be the as adaptable and flexible as possible, many of the details of the our future trade agreements as a country have yet to be decided, not least what the position on tariffs will be customs and how the controls will be carried out in detail food and animals on the UK and EU borders. This level of information is crucial UK supply chain continues to be January 2021.'

"Nearly 250,000 companies in the UK - highlighted still Elizabeth de Jong -- they will be required to do for the first time customs declarations when the UK leaves the EU and This will require additional training, staff and customs agents, as well as infrastructure in our ports. The controls on livestock, fresh food and other perishable products must also be carried out at ports and airports we need clarity on how and where these will be performed procedures'.

Elizabeth de Jong recalled that, like other sectors logistics has been hit hard by the health crisis, and yet the sector continued to services and handling goods, "now," he said. we need time to make sure we're fully prepare for our next big challenge: the exit of the United Kingdom EU. This is a challenge that will take months, minutes, to be dealt with properly. We need time to make our supply chain proof of future and - he concluded - we are urging the government to listen and react to our concerns, for the good of the UK company United Kingdom.'

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