BIFA urges freight firms to push for UK-EU Brexit deal

6/14/2020

With negotiations between the UK and the European Union having resumed with the aim of sealing a UK-EU trade agreement this year, the British International Freight Association is encouraging its members to write to their local MPs and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, “to request an extension to the Transition Period should no trade deal look like being achieved”.

This follows a survey of the trade association's membership that showed that more than 72% of respondents said that there should be an extension if a trade deal appears unlikely.

BIFA highlighted that the UK entered a Transition Period at the end January 2020 which lasts until 31 December. It noted that although both signatories can seek an extension, of either one or two years, this has to be agreed by 30 June.

The association said a recent survey of BIFA members produced the following “positives”:  

The majority of members said that they understood the customs entry procedures for moving goods to and from the UK and the EU. The majority also said that there are good levels of familiarity with Transit procedures 

The main concerns that members expressed through the survey was over the Transition Period, as well as recruiting staff that may be needed to handle any additional work. 

When asked about whether or not there should be an extension to the Transition period should no trade deal be achieved, 72.14% of the Membership indicated that there should be such an extension with 62.17% favouring a two-year extension to the Transition period 

BIFA said it will be making these views known to the UK government, “and is encouraging its members to send individual e-mails to both their local MP and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, the Rt Hon. Michael Gove MP”. 

The contact details for local MPs can be found at: https://members.parliament.uk/FindYourMP 

Michael Gove MP can be written to at: publiccorrespondence@cabinetoffice.gov.uk