UK forwarders prepared for worst-case scenario
18 Mar 2019 - by Staff reporter
In the midst of Brexit chaos, the British International Freight Association (Bifa) has advised its members to continue preparing for a no-deal departure on March 29th, until further clarity is obtained.
Robert Keen, Bifa’s director general, said that that this had been the advice of the trade association for freight forwarders for several weeks.
“Confusion reigns and with less than a fortnight to go before Brexit, no proposal is off the table and some suggest that a ‘no deal’ exit can happen because last week’s vote was advisory,” said Keen.
“A no-deal departure would be very disruptive and damaging for the UK economy as a whole, but freight forwarders – many of whom are Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) accredited – would play a key role in tidying up the mess left by the politicians by ensuring UK importers and exporters can continue trading with the rest of Europe as best as possible after March 29.”