UK forwarders preparing for a hard Brexit

Following the decision by the UK Parliament to reject Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal, Robert Keen, director general of the British International Freight Association (Bifa) has advised his members to prepare on the basis that there will be a hard Brexit.

“Speculating about any other outcome is inadvisable until UK government provides us with clear guidelines.

“A hard deal may well be very disruptive and damaging for the UK economy as a whole, but freight forwarders – many of whom are Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) accredited – will play a key role in tidying up the mess left by the politicians by ensuring UK importers and exporters can continue trading without undue disruption with the rest of Europe after March 29,” he said.

“Bifa has always stated its belief that a disorderly Brexit would be the worse outcome, as it is likely to increase trade barriers and impose significant restrictions on the exchange of goods between the EU and the UK.

“Whilst Bifa’s executive management has engaged with various government departments over the last two years in regards to issues that affect the movement of visible trade post March 29th, our members have also been discussing the possible impacts with their clients.
“Large and small, Bifa members have taken actions to review all options to overcome the disorder that a no-deal Brexit could bring to international trade in order to define sustainable solutions as the set of Brexit conditions becomes clearer.”

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