Keep Britain Trading

Brexit is changing the way the UK trades with the EU and other strategic partners around the Globe. Logistics UK is campaigning for state-of-the-art trade facilitation measures that allow its trader members, and the logistics companies that support them, to keep trading seamlessly with the EU while also forging new global partnerships.

Keep Britain Trading

 

The new UK-EU relationship will have important consequences for businesses across supply chains, whether they operate globally, at European level, or domestically. Through its direct contacts with both UK and European authorities, Logistics UK is actively campaigning to ensure members’ needs are understood and to secure a positive post-Brexit environment for trade and logistics – minimising frictions and red tape and preserving transport connectivity.

Logistics UK is also advocating for best-in-class trade facilitation measures with key commercial partners around the world and a supportive environment for trade, both in the UK and globally. Trade can only thrive if industry is well equipped to deal with formalities and can rely on industry-friendly processes. Logistics UK is both active domestically – by campaigning for funding for training and capacity building in customs and trade, plus a future-looking approach to borders and formalities – and globally, through its membership of the Global Shippers’ Forum.

 

Key facts

  • Up to 2500,000 traders will need to make a customs declaration for the first time at the end of the transition period (source: HMRC)
  • The UK ranked number 6 in the World Bank Logistics Performance Index Aggregated rankings for the period 2012-2018 & was in Europe’s top 5.
  • The UK’s top five export destinations in 2017 were the US, Germany, France, Netherlands and Ireland (source: the World Bank). 

 

What is Logistics UK campaigning for?

Logistics UK has four priorities to Keep Britain Trading:

  • Do the Deal: A free trade deal with the EU is the best way to support the economy, achieve low-friction logistics and liberalised access for trucks and plans

  • Get Brexit Ready: Government should continue to work in partnership with the logistics sector to ensure borders work from January 2021.

  • Northern Ireland and Great Britain: Trade between NI and GB must be as frictionless as possible (in both directions).

  • Global Britain: Strike best-in-class trade agreements with key trading partners around the world.

 

Policy Manager

 

Alex Veitch

Head of Multimodal and International Policy 

 

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