FTA’s Fight To Keep Britain Trading
Following a long, mind-bending and arduous three years of Brexit negotiations – the logistics business will now face a barrage of new border rules, red tape and regulations to decipher. Seemingly a forgotten – yet intrinsic – part of world’s economic fibre, logistics hasn’t been high on negotiation agendas.
The new UK-EU relationship, whatever shape it takes, will have significant outcomes across the entire supply chain, whether businesses work globally or on home turf. These outcomes – should the logistics industry face obstacles – could have catastrophic effects on the UK’s ability to trade, and on the economy.
However, during these uncertain times, it’s good to know that someone, somewhere is championing the best interests of the logistics industry. In this case, it’s the collective power of the FTA.
Through direct communications with both UK and European officials, the FTA is actively fighting to ensure members’ needs are recognised. And at the top of their list is securing a positive post-Brexit climate for logistics, and preserving transport connectivity.
Who are the FTA?
The Freight Transport Association (FTA), is one of the most significant trade associations in the UK. This powerful force provides members with services that assist them in operating safely, efficiently and in an environmentally responsible way. Its members move goods by sea, air, road, and rail; and its purpose is to champion and represent the opinions and concerns of over 18,000 companies from the industry. This representation spans from small and medium-sized businesses to big brand names and multinationals – all polices are elected by members across the board.
What is the FTA fighting for?
Trade can only continue to prosper if the industry is adequately equipped to deal with any new formalities and can rely on an industry-friendly set of rules. The FTA is currently working on a global platform through its Global Shippers’ Forum membership to ensure these factors. It is also operating domestically in campaigning for funding for proper training and in strengthening the UK’s capacity in customs and trade, plus a forward-thinking approach to the future of borders and regulations.
FTA’s main priorities to Keep Britain Trading:
- To support the UK in securing the most favourable trade and transport agreement with the EU. Aiming for a contract that minimises impedance, red tape and costs, and one that protects transport connectivity.
- To help maintain smooth trade between Northern Ireland and Great Britain, minimising any possible friction.
- To ensure appropriate preparations are made, and plans are in place to cope without a UK-EU free trade agreement come December.
- To act as a driving force of the UK future borders agenda and secure world-class trade facilitation measures for ‘Rest of the World’ trade, through best-of-class agreements.
FTA v’s The Government
Elizabeth de Jong, Policy Director at FTA, revealed that she deemed the government’s negotiating mandate with the EU absent of essential elements relating to the logistics sector, the businesses vital to keeping Britain trading.
Following this, the FTA has made many requests of the UK government to prioritise the needs of logistics in regards to negotiations relating to the future trading relationship with the EU. A failure to do so could result in a catastrophic effect on the UK’s highly interconnected supply chain.
Even in the face of possible “knock-on effects on UK PLC’s future productivity, and on the economy as a whole”, the government continues to overlook these concerns.
De Jong also stated;
“Elements of the Government’s approach do give us hope, for instance, the commitment towards no tariffs and quotas and some degree of trade facilitation to help industry now that frictionless trade is no longer a political objective. FTA will continue to engage with government to ensure that maximum use is made of these facilitations, both through the negotiations and at UK level. However, we would like to see more ambition for road, aviation and rail transport, to allow operators on both sides to continue serving UK-EU trade routes in a flexible way and to maintain levels of service for the sector’s customers in business and industry.”
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