Comment from Logistics UK on Budget announcement on fuel duty

Wednesday 06 March 2024

In response to the Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt MP’s announcement on fuel duty in today’s (6 March 2024) Budget, Kevin Green, Logistics UK’s Director of Policy, said:

“The extension to the 5p per litre cut in fuel duty announced by the Chancellor in today’s Budget is good news for the logistics sector, at a time when the industry is facing increasing cost pressures from rising wage and fuel costs. Logistics powers every part of the economy, and an increase in operating costs at this time caused by the reversal of the fuel duty cut could have caused disastrous inflationary pressure on the economy. Maintaining the fuel duty cut will provide logistics businesses with more certainty as they drive the transition to a greener economy.”

Logistics UK is one of the UK’s leading business groups, representing logistics businesses which are vital to keeping the UK trading, and more than seven million people directly employed in the making, selling and moving of goods. With decarbonisation, Brexit, new technology and other disruptive forces driving change in the way goods move across borders and through the supply chain, logistics has never been more important to UK plc. Logistics UK supports, shapes and stands up for safe and efficient logistics, and is the only business group which represents the whole industry, with members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers whose businesses depend on the efficient movement of goods.