Keep Britain Trading Preparing leaders in logistics for Brexit

Westminster, London | 20 June

Brexit is set to have a massive effect on supply chain operations between Britain and the remaining 27 countries of the EU. A huge amount of work is being undertaken by Government to understand the implications of leaving the Customs Union and the Single Market on the movement of goods into and out of the UK

Key sessions

One Great George Street, Westminster, London

Brexit is set to have a massive effect on supply chain operations between Britain and the remaining 27 countries of the EU. A huge amount of work is being undertaken by Government to understand the implications of leaving the Customs Union and the Single Market on the movement of goods into and out of the UK. With a Transition Period all but agreed until the end of 2020 details of the new arrangements for Customs declarations and border checks are starting to emerge. Now is the time to start planning to minimize the impact of Brexit on your supply chains with Europe.

FTA is leading for logistics on Brexit and is bringing together the key decision makers and policy influencers for a one-day conference intended to help delegates plan the changes needed to maintain supply chain efficiency... and to Keep Britain Trading!

FTA’s Keep Britain Trading Conference will:

  • Explore the UK’s readiness for Brexit and provide you with a statement directly from Government with keynote speaker Robin Walker MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, DExEU
  • Delve into specific issues and requirements for critical supply chains through a range of sector specific workshops which you can select to attend
  • Review the implications for groupage traffic with a panel session including major ports, European hauliers and the authorities
  • Provide a view from both Calais and Dublin on their border readiness for Brexit
  • Discuss other EU member state’s national readiness for Brexit with a panel session including representatives from logistics associations from across Europe
  • Equip delegates with a Brexit readiness toolkit, giving you the information and guidance you need to prepare your business for what’s ahead

The conference is designed to answer the following frequently asked questions:

  • How reliable is the December 2020 Transition Period? Should I still plan for a change in procedures from March 2019?
  • How will Customs declarations be made for EU traded goods? Will the new Customs Declarations System (CDS) be ready in time?
  • What are the roll-out plans for CDS? When can I start my staff training programmes?
  • Will hauliers need to apply for an International Haulage Permit for their trucks to travel abroad after Brexit? If so will there be enough Permits to go round?
  • What Customs easements and facilitations will be available for importers and exporters? Should I become an ‘Authorised Economic Operator’ (AEO)?
  • What contingency plans should I be making? What are the chances of a ‘No Deal’ Brexit?

Join fellow leaders within the logistics industry and be confident that your business is Brexit ready.

09.30 - Chair's introduction - James Hookham, Deputy Chief Executive, FTA

09:35 - Video & Sponsor's welcome - Port of Dover

09.40 - President's Welcome - Leigh Pomlett, Executive Director CEVA Logistics and President of FTA

09:50 - Key Note Speakers I: UK Border Readiness for Brexit - HM Government statement; HMG Border Delivery Group; Industry overview of impacts of Brexit on UK-EU freight movements.

Speakers: Robin Walker MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, DExEU; John James, Chairman, Star Cargo plc 

10:30 - Industry preparedness and contingency plans - panel session - Case studies from different sectors & tips on how to prepare for Brexit 

Speakers: Mark Johnson, National Customs and Trade Control Director, Kuehne+Nagel; Wilson Del Socorro, Tax, Trade and Regulatory Affairs Director, Diageo; Patrick Keating, European Government Affairs Manager, Honda Motor Europe. 

11:00 - COFFEE BREAK

11:30 - Road transport permits and Trailer registration - A return to Permits?; Trailer registration; Driver licence & CPC validity.

Speakers: Paul O’Sullivan, Head of Roads & EU Exit, Department for Transport

12:00 - Achieving frictionless Customs borders - Authorised economic operators; Maximum facilitation; New Customs Partnerships. 

Speakers: Clive Broadley, International Advisor and FTA Consultant

12:30 - LUNCH

13:30 -  Chair’s introduction - Pauline Bastidon, Head of European Policy, FTA

13:35 -  Key Note Speakers II: EU27 Border Readiness for Brexit - The view from Calais; The view from Dublin; The view of an international logistics company. 

Speakers: Jean-Paul Mulot, Representative of Hauts-de France in the UK (invited); Tony Buckley, Assistant General Secretary/Head of Brexit, Irish Customs & Revenue; Leigh Pomlett, Executive Director, CEVA Logistics. 

14:15 - National Readiness for Brexit - panel session - France, Netherlands, Ireland & Poland. Panel session featuring other EU trade associations.

Speakers: Fabien Becquelin, Director, International & European Transport, AUTF (France); Thierry Grumiaux, Delegate for international and Custom matters, FNTR (France); Ton van Grinsven, Business Development Director, Customs Support Group (the Netherlands); Aidan Flynn, FTA Ireland; Piotr Szymanski, Permanent Representative to the EU, ZPMD (Poland).

15:15 - The FTA Brexit Readiness Toolbox for Members - The FTA Brexit Team

Speakers: James Hookham & Pauline Bastidon, FTA

15:50 - Concluding Messages and FTA Priorities - David Wells, Chief Executive, FTA

16:00 - CLOSE

Speakers are subject to change.