David Wells, Chief Executive of Logistics UK, today (03 December) met with EU Transition Minister, Rachel Maclean, to discuss the upcoming end of the Brexit transition period.
Their meeting took place at the new Information and Advice Site at Hopwood Service Station. There are 45 of these sites located at motorway service stations and truck stops across the UK and are designed to offer drivers of freight vehicles in-person advice on Brexit preparations.
“With exactly four weeks to go until the end of the Transition Period, this afternoon’s meeting was a good opportunity to engage with the Minister again and discuss our concerns around government and industry preparedness,” said David Wells. “Deal or no deal, any future trading arrangement with the EU will require much preparation by freight companies and their customers. Logistics UK is urging businesses involved in UK-EU supply chains to engage with the Information and Advice Sites to help them be as ready as they can. Information, including the Hauliers’ Handbook, is now available in many languages, so it is vital that each company in any supply chain has accessed the available information.”
Logistics UK (formerly FTA) is one of the UK’s leading business groups, representing logistics businesses which are vital to keeping the UK trading, and more than seven million people directly employed in the making, selling and moving of goods. With COVID-19, Brexit, new technology and other disruptive forces driving change in the way goods move across borders and through the supply chain, logistics has never been more important to UK plc. Logistics UK supports, shapes and stands up for safe and efficient logistics, and is the only business group which represents the whole industry, with members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers whose businesses depend on the efficient movement of goods. For more information about the organisation and its work, including its ground-breaking research into the impacts of COVID-19 on the whole supply chain, please visit logistics.org.uk