Government must work with industry to keep trade moving post-Brexit

Tunbridge Wells, UK: Logistics UK is warning the government to make sure that logistics businesses have details of and access to the IT systems needed post-Brexit in good time in order to avert long lorry queues at ports.

Logistics UK was responding to a letter from Cabinet minister Michael Gove on projections for post-transition period freight disruption.

Policy director Elizabeth de Jong said that it was incumbent on the government to ensure that logistics businesses have details of and access to the UK’s own logistics systems, including Smart Freight and Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS), in good time so that adequate training and testing can be carried out.

“Full working guidance on the port systems to be used in Europe, particularly in France and Ireland, must also be provided by our EU partners to minimise delays and the potential for disruption to the supply chain at a time of year when the UK depends on imported goods across a number of sectors. With so much still to do, it is vital that all parties work together to keep the flow of trade moving smoothly between the UK and EU.”

She said that Logistics UK had long warned government of the potential for border delays after the UK leaves the EU.

“While there is still time to put mitigations in place to avoid them, it will be a huge challenge for government and industry to achieve. The ability of traders to complete and provide the correct paperwork will be key to ensuring the continued smooth passage of goods through the UK’s supply chain, and we are urging businesses exporting to the EU to install and understand the systems they will need to use in time for the 1 January 2021 deadline.”

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