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August 28, 2020

Logistics UK urges border strategy urgency

Logistics UK has stressed the need for urgency to reduce friction in response to the government’s consultation on its 2025 UK Border Strategy, which closes today (28 August).

By Rhodri Morgan

Logistics UK has stressed the need for urgency to reduce friction in response to the government’s consultation on its 2025 UK Border Strategy, which closes today (28 August).

The British administration says the consultation seeks the views and expertise of stakeholders to help develop the 2025 UK Border Strategy and ensure government and industry are able to work in partnership together.

“The government’s ambition is to create the world’s most effective border by 2025, to ensure the UK becomes an even more attractive place to travel to and do business with,” said information from the British government. “It will ensure the UK is better protected against crime, terrorism and environmental and biosecurity threats.”

For her part, Logistics UK manager of European & International Policy, Sarah Laouadi added: “While we welcome the strategic objectives of the strategy, logistics operators need to see greater ambition in the time-frame of the government’s 2025 UK Border Strategy.

“The concepts of upstream compliance, e-documents and single window to avoid duplication of data submission are particularly important to support trade but our members want the proposed changes brought forward as soon as possible to minimise friction at the border. The quicker the changes are implemented, the sooner the UK can benefit from a joined-up approach and we believe this must be before 2025.

“We are also calling on the UK government to refresh the strategy during 2021 to account for the changes that will take place following the end of the EU Exit transition period. UK  borders, particularly used for Roll On, Roll Off (RoRo) traffic, will change dramatically as the EU Exit transition period comes to an end and  taking stock of how it changes will be crucial to refine the longer-term border strategy and ensure trade continues to flow freely to and from the EU.

“Finally, we are also urging government to carry out a “red tape review” to minimise burdens on business. For example, removing the requirement to complete Intrastat declarations [a statistics database for EU members] after the transition period ends.

“We will be pressing government to ensure the strategy delivers the best outcome for logistics, consumers and the wider UK economy alike.”

Logistics UK was formerly the Freight Transport Association and represents logistics businesses vital to keeping the UK trading and more than 7m people directly employed in the making, selling and moving of goods.

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