UK logistics urges government to delay Brexit amid COVID-19

By Sean Galea-Pace
The UK logistics industry is urging the UK Government to extend the current Brexit transition period to allow companies to deal with the coronavirus. T...

The UK logistics industry is urging the UK Government to extend the current Brexit transition period to allow companies to deal with the coronavirus.

The logistics sector body, Freight Transport Association (FTA), said: “the challenges posed by the COVID-19 virus will make the effective implementation of any new legislation impossible in the short-term.”

“This isn’t about any relative merits of Brexit, or any trading arrangements which our industry will need to adopt,” confirmed Elizabeth De Jong, Policy Director at FTA. “Logistics is facing unprecedented challenges, both in terms of keeping the UK economy supplied with all the goods it needs to function as well as coping with the increased disruption to staffing levels caused by sickness and self-isolation and concerns about the viability of their businesses.”

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Who is the FTA?

The FTA represents members from the road, rail and sea industries. Founded in 1889, FTA defines its mission as “safe, sustainable and efficient logistics.” The organisation has several different roles, such as representing members at local, national and European level and campaigning to raise awareness of the logistics industry. The FTA ensures that its members are up to date with the latest compliance requirements for their businesses and provides a range of training schemes to raise standards and improve working conditions. 

Key facts

  • FTA members operate over 200,000 lorries, which is approximately half of the UK’s fleet.
  • Members deliver more than 90% of freight moved by rail.
  • FTA members are responsible for over 90% of freight moved by rail.
  • FTA members consist of 70% of UK visible exports by sea and air.
  • In total, the FTA has over 15,000 members and is considered the largest freight trade association in the UK.

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