The UK Department for Transport has published six new technical notices setting out the potential impacts of a no-deal Brexit on the transport and logistics sector. The technical notices confirm that the Department for Transport expects impacts on the aviation and haulage industry; and therefore on the UK supply chain as a whole.
In the notices, the Department for Transport states that businesses need to take a proactive approach to prepare for new procedures which may be in place by March 2019. Recommended measures include:
- “Hauliers may want to take steps now to prepare for future permitting and trailer registration requirements, and to ensure drivers have the right documentation;” and
- “The aviation industry should review potential implications for supply chains and staff with specialist qualifications.”
All Department for Transport technical notices can be read here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/department-for-transport-publishes-no-deal-planning-information
Responding to the new technical notices Mike Cherry, National Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses, said:
“Last week’s summit in Salzburg laid bare the volatility of the current Brexit negotiations and has heightened concerns among our small businesses whose confidence has already dipped into negative territory.
“These worries would have only intensified digesting the latest Government no deal technical notes. So far, the Government has released three tranches of information that really hit home the message that a chaotic no deal Brexit will be damaging and dangerous for our small firms.
“Many smaller firms rely on hauliers for delivering goods across the EU and for bringing goods in. A no deal Brexit could pose a real threat to these businesses as EU community licenses issued by the UK might not be automatically recognised by the EU and the fall back permit option (ECMT), by the Government admission, are too small in number to compensate.
“With our research showing that only one in seven are preparing for a no deal Brexit, it is absolutely critical that this outcome is avoided at all costs.”