FTA calls on government for swift Brexit trade agreement

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has urged the government to take ‘decisive steps’ to agree the format and parameters of the UK’s trading relationships with EU countries after Brexit, which is happening in less than a year’s time.

The FTA wrote to Theresa May calling for a swift agreement to UK businesses can “plan for a seamless transition to new trading and customs arrangements”.

In a statement, James Hookham, the FTA’s deputy CEO, said: “British businesses have heard enough talking – what’s needed now is a concrete solution to enable all those involved in moving goods and services across the UK’s borders to plan with certainty for a post-Brexit future.”

Hookham continued: “FTA’s membership, of more than 16,000 logistics suppliers, needs confirmation – on the length and nature of the transition period and the arrangements for trade during that time; on whether the UK will continue to benefit from current EU trading agreements during the transition; the nature and scale of customs arrangements and tariffs to be used; the status of EU workers within the UK; where and how will tariffs and certifications be implemented, and which documentation will be required for drivers and vehicles.”

“Businesses should only have to change their trading procedures once,” said Hookham. “The clock is ticking and contracts are already being negotiated for dates beyond Brexit day in 2019. Leaving the logistics industry in limbo will cost the economy – and consumers – money, and no one voted to be poor as a result of the Brexit referendum. It’s time for the government to make the decisions which will keep Britain trading successfully.”