FTA to provide free Brexit readiness workshops
Tuesday 24 September 2019
With less than 40 days until the UK is due to leave the EU, goods vehicle operators must ensure they are fully prepared for a No Deal Brexit. To provide hauliers with the information they need to keep their EU-UK operations running as smoothly as possible, FTA has launched a series of free half-day workshops, taking place throughout September and October 2019 in venues across the UK.
The workshops are funded by the Department for Transport (DfT), which has chosen FTA to help educate hauliers on the new procedures and trading conditions under a No Deal Brexit.
John Lucy, Manager - International Transport & Trade Procedures at FTA, the voice of the logistics sector, comments: “With the UK and EU yet to reach an agreement on their future trading relationship, it is vital goods vehicle operators are as prepared as possible for a No Deal Brexit on 31 October 2019. In this scenario, new border procedures and haulier responsibilities will come into effect immediately. Hauliers must ensure they fully understand the new road haulage procedures, documentation requirements and responsibilities that will arise after 31 October 2019; otherwise, they risk their operations coming to a standstill.
“While we are still waiting for clarification from government on several points – such as UK tariff regimes in the medium term – goods vehicle operators must ensure they have done everything in their power to prepare for the challenging times ahead: starting with these workshops.”
Keith Gray, FTA’s General Manager for Training, Audits and Standards, comments: “As the most influential business organisation in the logistics sector, FTA is the natural choice to deliver such a vital programme of workshops. I strongly encourage all goods vehicle operators – whether FTA members or not – to attend a free workshop. Enquire now to secure your place.”
More than 100 free workshops will take place at locations across the UK, including Belfast, London and Coventry, throughout September and October 2019. For more information, or to book your place on a free workshop, please visit www.fta.co.uk/brexitworkshopsPR
Efficient logistics is vital to keep Britain trading, directly having an impact on more than seven million people employed in the making, selling and moving of goods. With 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. A champion and challenger, FTA speaks to the government with one voice on behalf of the whole sector, with members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers.