Final call for a Brexit deal

Geneva, Switzerland: Europe’s most influential transport groups and associations, including Logistics UK and the Road Haulage Association, have called on the British and EU negotiators to reach a deal on Brexit.

The IRU has co-ordinated an open letter to EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier, UK chief negotiator David Frost, and prime minister Boris Johnson, calling for EU and UK negotiators to reach a Brexit deal for the sake of the industry.

The 33 signatories of the letter call on both parties to reach a deal which protects the movement of HGVs between the EU and UK, as well as allowing transit through their respective territories without the introduction of haulage permits and quota systems. 

The letter states: “Ending the transition period without an agreement between the EU and the UK is not an option for our industry. We believe reaching a robust compromise on a road haulage chapter as part of such agreement is both achievable and indispensable.

“It is in the interest of all parties to allow heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) to move back and forth between the EU and the UK and transit through their respective territories in a way that is economically viable, without resorting to the reintroduction of haulage permits and quota systems that were never intended to cover volumes of trade as high as those currently taking place between the EU and the UK.

“We strongly believe the way forward lies in a reciprocal solution between the EU and the UK based on mutual recognition of standards, competences and certificates to provide for adequate safeguards in terms of fair competition, environmental performance, road safety and working conditions for drivers. Road freight transport operators on both sides of the Channel are committed to operating to high standards in these areas.

“Failing this, one would face a disheartening choice between a patchwork of fragmented national arrangements, and a world where the shortage of transport capacity on EU-UK routes is endorsed as official policy (quota of permits). Either option would be to everyone’s loss.

“Time is of the essence. We call on negotiators to focus on their shared objectives -preserving road connectivity through balanced, reciprocal arrangements- and use the remaining negotiating time to deliver an outcome that is economically sensible and allows the road transport industry to play its role as an essential trade enabler across all sectors of the economy.

Signatories

Association of Bulgarian Enterprises for International Transport and Roads, Bulgaria
French Association of Road Haulage & Passenger Transport, France
Working Group of International Road Transport Companies, Austria
Federal Association of Furniture Freight Forwarders and Logistics, Germany
National Association of Public Goods Road Transport, Portugal
International Road Transport Association, Spain
Federal Association of Freight Transport, Logistics and Disposal, Germany
Association of Road Enterprises & Passenger Transport, Czech Republic
Association of Road Enterprises & Passenger Transport, Slovakia
Spanish Confederation of Goods Transport, Spain
Luxembourg Confederation of Commerce, Luxembourg
Danish Transport and Logistics Association, Denmark
The Association of European Vehicle Logistics, Belgium
Association of Estonian International Road Carriers, Estonia
Belgian Royal Federation of Transporters and Logistics Service Providers, Belgium
Italian federation of professional hauliers, Italy
FinMobility, representing Finnish employers’ and business organisations in the mobility sector
National Association of Road Transport, France
Association of Danish road transport of goods, Denmark
Irish Road Haulage Association
World Road Transport Organisation, Switzerland
The Lithuanian National Road Carriers’ Association, Lithuania
Logistics UK, United Kingdom
Hungarian Road Transport Association, Hungary
Norwegian Road Transport Association, Norway
Hellenic Federation of Road Transports, Greece
Road Haulage Association, UK
Swedish Association of Road Transport Companies, Sweden
Transport and Logistics, Netherlands
Italian Union of Chambers of Commerce, Italy
National Union of Road Transporters, Romania
Association of International Road Carriers, Poland

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