Thursday 22nd Nov, 2018

British forwarders fear impact of no BREXIT deal


INFORMATION on trading with the European Union supplied by the British government has failed to address the concerns of freight forwarders.

The information supplied by the government of the United Kingdom was supplied in the event of there being no Brexit deal.


Director-general of the British International freight association Robert Keen said as most of the visible trade that occurred between the EU and the UK was managed by forwarders and logistics professionals, some of the content could be considered “rather patronising”.

“What BIFA members actually need is clarity on the arrangements that will be in place in the event of a no deal scenario,” Mr Keen said.

“How will we deal with a massive increase in the customs entries that will be required in the event of a no deal? Where will we source the huge number of extra staff that may be required to process such a large increase in entries on a new and as yet unproven computer system?”

Mr Keen said the government statement failed to address concerns about the possibility of full-blown customs controls being applied to two-way trade between the EU and the UK immediately.

“BIFA has already been vocal on our concerns about the capacity and readiness of UK customs systems and port infrastructure to cope with that outcome,” he said.

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