Wednesday 21st Nov, 2018

Freight forwarders seek details on UK Customs proposals


THE British International Freight Association (BIFA) has welcomed a paper from the UK government outlining its ambitions for Brexit.

BIFA director-general, Robert Keen said the focus showed how important the subject was to the UK government in its Brexit negotiations.

“BIFA believes it shows for the first time that there now appears to be a united position in the Cabinet in favour of a more businesslike approach to Brexit and the need to facilitate trade with the EU,” Mr Keen said.

“BIFA policy ever since the 2016 Referendum has favoured retaining something as close to the single market as possible, in reality, certainly since the 2017 general Election, this has meant remaining in the Customs Union or something as close to it as possible, preferably in the long run but certainly during any implementation period, after the UK leaves the EU.”

He said that message had been central to discussions BIFA had enjoyed with those in government.

He welcomed the fact the document acknowledged the work of BIFA and other trade associations to increase awareness of issues and potential impacts of the introduction of tariff and non-tariff barriers.

“As always, the devil is in the detail. BIFA will continue to work with government to find out more details on how proposals will avoid the imposition of tariffs, border checks, Customs declarations and bureaucracy for UK businesses trading within the EU, as well as BIFA members, which provide the logistics services that underpin the UK’s visible trade,” Mr Keen said.

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