The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has voiced its concern about potential challenges facing the logistics sector in the event of a “No Deal” Brexit.
In response to a leaked “No Deal” report in a UK newspaper, James Hookham, Deputy Chief Executive of FTA, commented:
“FTA, which speaks for the logistics sector, is concerned that none of the planned scenarios leaked in today’s report (Sunday Times) have been shared with the logistics industry in meetings over the past three years. We are ready and waiting to adopt and adapt to new trading practices but without knowing the scenarios the government believes industry should prepare for, logistics operators cannot be expected to take adequate steps to get ready for a No Deal Brexit.
“This is the first time the industry is learning of any threat to fuel supplies – a particularly worrying situation as this would affect the movement of goods across the country, not just to and from Europe, and could put jobs at risk throughout the sector which keeps Britain trading.”
The FTA says that 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.