UKWA CEO Peter Ward has joined signatories from peer trade associations and leading 3PLs in a letter to Michael Gove, Chancellor of The Duchy of Lancaster, expressing grave concerns from across the logistics sector about the preparedness of the government and the nation for the impact of transition from membership of the EU.
The letter requests an urgent roundtable meeting with Rt.Hon Mr.Gove MP, together with the Chancellor of the Exchequer and Secretary of State for Transport, to discuss detail around key issues, including grant funding for intermediaries, IT and systems readiness and the pace of delivery for the physical border infrastructure.
As key participants in the supply chain, who will be required to deliver a functional operating border for GB and EU traders next year, the signatories state that UK business and the supply chains on which it depends will be at risk of serious disruption if these matters are not resolved quickly.
Peter Ward comments, “The Border & Protocol Delivery Group, within which UKWA has been an active contributor, has worked hard to achieve progress against challenging odds. However, with transition just a few months away, it is imperative that government provides more detailed information and the reassurance that it understands the scale of the task ahead for our industry.”
He adds, “Our joint letter highlights the importance of our sector in keeping goods flowing, shelves stacked and people fed, which has been more widely understood by the nation at large in the light of the recent Covid-19 pandemic. We ask that government recognises this, heeds our warnings and engages with industry leaders to achieve the functional border that we all aspire to from January 1st 2021.”