FTA reiterates advice to members - prepare for no-deal Brexit

Withdrawal Agreement rejection: FTA says prepare for worst case scenario

Following the rejection of Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement by Parliament last night, the Freight Transport Association, which represents more than 17,000 logistics businesses, has repeated a call to its members to prepare for a no-deal Brexit.  

It said businesses need to keep planning for the worst-case outcome for logistics and supply chains – a no-deal Brexit –  in order that that raw materials, goods and services continue reach those who need them with limited delays. However, with only 12 working days left until the UK’s planned departure from the EU, time is running out to make these arrangements.

Pauline Bastidon, Head of Global and European Policy at FTA (pictured) explained: “Managing to keep things going in the face of continuous uncertainty and the prospect of significant and sudden changes in regulatory requirements is not a menial task. 

“Logistics and supply chain managers in the UK now face what is possibly their biggest challenge in almost a generation. The reintroduction of customs formalities and food safety checks for trade with the EU, the restrictions placed and red tape imposed on transport operators, and the significant cost of reorganizing the way we do logistics and manage supply chains should not be underestimated. 

“The challenge for our members will be to turn sometimes incomplete government procedures into workable business processes to keep supply chains running in an efficient way – in less than 13 working days! This is not a trivial job, and the scale of the challenge should not be underestimated.”