Brexit

ECG has been following the latest developments on Brexit and held an informative event for members on 10 december 2020. The presentations are available here.

Please find below some useful links on Brexit readiness and relevant coverage in the industry media.

Polish haulier demonstrates TIR as solution for Brexit customs woes

A special shipment of essential medical supplies from Poland has arrived in the UK by truck, promoting the TIR system to firms who continue to struggle with Brexit paperwork, delays and a shortag…

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UK denies 68% drop in EU exports after Brexit deal

The UK government on 7 February denied reports by road hauliers that exports to the EU fell by two thirds in the first month of the new UK-EU trade deal, saying: “We do not recognise this f…

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Post-Brexit red tape disrupting UK-EU supply chains

Complex customs paperwork and red tape is proving a major hindrance to UK-EU trade, according to Make UK, which represents engineering and manufacturing companies…

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UK-Ireland freight tumbles as Brexit bites

Goods shipments have doubled with France and halved with Britain in the first month of post-Brexit trade, the Irish government announced on 25 January…

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Brexit chaos, confusion and complexity continues to plague hauliers and business

Three weeks after the end of the transition period following the UK’s departure from the EU and its customs union after 47 years, hauliers are already bearing the costs of the new post-Brexit bo…

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How Brexit is Affecting Vehicle Transport Between the UK and EU

With the Brexit deal finalised, there are several new challenges that auto manufacturers and their suppliers must face in the months ahead…

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Electric vehicles granted grace period to avoid Brexit tariffs

Electric vehicles traded between the EU and the UK have been given a grace period to prevent trade being slammed with tariffs, but battery producers need to start preparing now to meet the deadline, i…

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Brexit means business as usual, but with more work for Volvo and Gefco

At last week’s Livestream Hour from Ultima Media, panellists from Volvo Cars and Gefco discussed how their daily business had changed with nearly two weeks of Brexit under their belts…

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Brittany Ferries launches France-Ireland ‘Brexit by-pass’ Ro-Ro service two months early

Brittany Ferries on 18 January launched its France-Ireland ‘Brexit by-pass’ Ro-Ro service, connecting Cherbourg and Rosslare, two months earlier than originally planned, due to strong…

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What TO SCAN and what NOT TO SCAN to enter France

Brexit: important information to enter France…

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Automotive sector welcomes EU-UK trade deal

The UK car industry has welcomed the new EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA), which was finally announced on December 24…

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UK car sector warns of Brexit costs as it pushes for investment

Britain’s car industry warned on 30 December the Brexit trade deal will add additional costs to firms, despite the sector securing tariff-free trade with the European Union, just as it need…

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Brexit deal will phase in electric car trade rules

The EU and UK have agreed a six-year phase-in period for rules-of-origin requirements covering electric cars, according to the final text of the draft co-operation and trade agreement published&n…

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Brexit deal protects economy, but still much to do says Logistics UK

Business group Logistics UK has reacted with optimism to the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) reached on 24 December 2020 between the UK and EU but has cautioned that there is still much to be done to…

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Truck Drivers Beware! London Will be a No Go Zone from March if You Don’t Know the Rules

Now would seem to be a good time to remind Heavy Goods Vehicle drivers and operators alike that, amidst all the Covid and Brexit confusion, new regulations for London will shortly come into force…

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UK car manufacturing declines -1.4% in November as sector urges Brexit negotiators to ‘seal the deal’

UK car production declined -1…

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UK confirms readiness for TIR when Brexit transition ends

Extensive UK government planning and new support information for hauliers seeks to mitigate potential traffic and driver issues on the UK side of the border…

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UK not ready to cope with no-deal Brexit, say Members of the European Parliament

The United Kingdom is not prepared for a scenario in which trade talks with the EU fail, Members of the European Parliament said in a report released on 19 December…

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Deal or no deal: border checks in eu ports are starting as from 1 january 2021

As from 1 January 2021, businesses that conduct trade between the EU and the UK will need to deal with border controls, thereby ensuring they submit the right formalities and information to border aut…

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BMW warns no-deal Brexit poses risk to earnings momentum

BMW said its full-year earnings will come in at the upper range of its guidance, but warned a no-deal Brexit would cost hundreds of millions of euros…

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Council endorses transport contingency measures in case of no-deal Brexit

Member States’ ambassadors in the Council on 16 December endorsed a series of legislative proposals aimed at preparing the transport sector for all possible scenarios on 1 January 2021…

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HAROPA and Ports of Normandy join forces to help transport operators get ready for Brexit

After successfully completing the work to ensure customs checks can be carried out whilst keeping traffic flowing as smoothly as possible and after several dry runs, the Normandy channel ports – Le Ha…

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UK port congestion could continue for months

Nine organisations involved in the supply of goods to the UK have written to UK Transport Minister Grant Schapps this week to warn that the current levels of congestion at the country’s leading…

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Comment from Logistics UK on EU transport contingency measures announced

Sarah Laouadi, European Policy Manager at Logistics UK, commented on today’s announcement…

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Relations with the UK: Commission proposes targeted contingency measures to prepare for possible “no-deal” scenario

While the Commission will continue to do its utmost to reach a mutually beneficial agreement with the UK, there is now significant uncertainty whether a deal will be in place on 1 January 2021…

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Shortages, jams and shutdowns: Brexit ‘no-deal’ expectation creates chaos

Food shortages, tailbacks and congested ports: as talks with Brussels remain unresolved three weeks before leaving the EU single market, the UK is preparing for a chaotic “no-deal…

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Honda halts UK production as port congestion holds up parts

Honda halted production at its Civic plant in the UK as congestion at ports trying to cope with Brexit-related demand delays delivery of components…

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Four weeks to go: Logistics UK discusses readiness with EU Transition Minister

David Wells, Chief Executive of Logistics UK, on 3 December met with EU Transition Minister, Rachel Maclean, to discuss the upcoming end of the Brexit transition period…

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Shipping Companies Taking Different Approaches on Irish Routes as Brexit Deadline Looms

With the looming deadline of Brexit on 31 December, shipping lines serving the country are wondering what the future holds in terms of routes for traffic between the Emerald Isle and continental…

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WEBINAR: Brexit ready? Keeping the wheels turning in 2021 

With just over 30 days remaining until the Brexit transition period ends, all operators must be fully prepared and ready to comply with customs procedures and formalities from 1 January…

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Special rules for HGVs leaving the UK via Dover Eurotunnel

Heavy Goods Vehicles over 7…

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Making a success of Brexit

Clément Beaune, Secretary of State at the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs with responsibility for European Affairs, has been visiting Le Havre…

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Drive home Brexit deal for Christmas or risk £55bn manufacturing hit, warns UK auto sector

As Brexit talks enter the final stretch, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) on 24 November made a last call for negotiators on both sides to keep the health of automotive …

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Get ready for Brexit

Important information for UK-transport…

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UK car industry says failure to get Brexit deal could cost $74B by 2025

Britain’s car industry body called on Brexit negotiators to agree to a deal by the end of 2020, saying failure to do so could cost the sector £55…

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The Channel is ready for Brexit

The Channel BU will feel the full force of the upcoming new UK border rules from 1 January…

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No Deal puts the country’s supply chain at risk, says Logistics UK 

Logistics UK is urging both sides in the Brexit negotiations to focus on achieving a consensus in order to protect economies on both sides of the Channel from the impact of a potential No Deal outcome…

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Nissan’s UK business tough to sustain without Brexit deal, COO says

Any final exit by Britain from the European Union that worsens business conditions through increased tariffs would threaten the sustainability of Nissan’s UK operations, the automaker’s chief …

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Industry makes last call for zero tariffs and greater clarity on Brexit

Bodies representing the UK’s automotive and logistics sectors are calling on the government for a zero-tariff trade deal with the European Union and clearer instruction on customs processes as B…

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Logistics UK urges government to ‘fix gaps’ in Brexit guidance

Industry body Logistics UK has called on government “to provide the clarity and systems its members require to prepare for Brexit,” on 11 November so that trade can keep flowing …

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UK Auto counts £735 million cost of Brexit preparation with final plea for zero-tariff trade deal as negotiations enter endgame

The UK automotive industry on 10 November issued a last-chance plea for a zero-tariff, zero-quota trade deal that delivers for automotive as negotiations enter the endgame this week…

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RHA’s Brexit Operator Checklist: What you need to do, when, and how

The UK will come out of transition at 23:00 31 December 2020 (GMT)…

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Jaguar Land Rover braces for border chaos with or without a Brexit trade deal 

Jaguar Land Rover is resigned to the UK’s exit from the European Union resulting in a messy and complicated transition period for its operations regardless of how government trade-deal negotiation…

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Shipping to or From the EU? Things Getting on Top of You?

It has taken the UK Government over four years to wake up to what may be needed after the country exits the European Union and now, just a couple of months away from the big Brexit day, it has finally…

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No deal Brexit would increase cost of EVs by £2,800, says SMMT

The UK’s Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has warned that a no deal Brexit could push up the cost of buying an imported battery electric vehicle (BEV) in the UK by £2,800 …

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Read the RHA’s updated Brexit Operator Checklist

The RHA has updated its GB <> EU Border – Operator Checklist document, which you can view here…

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EU carmakers pressure Barnier to soften Brexit electric vehicle rules

It’s taken a while, but Europe’s carmakers are moving to help the U…

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‘No deal’ tariffs would undermine Britain’s green recovery with £2,800 drain on electric car affordability, warns SMMT

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has again urged both sides to re-engage with vigour in the Brexit negotiation process, honouring the commitment to get a good deal done, as new ca…

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UK-EU Brexit talks restart with just weeks to seal deal 

Britain and the European Union will resume fraught post-Brexit trade talks on Thursday (22 October) after seven days lost to threats and brinkmanship, and with just weeks left to salvage an agreement…

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Daimler warns hard Brexit would hurt even without a UK plan

Daimler probably will lose hundreds of millions of euros if the UK leaves the European Union without a trade deal, and its chief executive officer is ruling out the idea of helping Prime Minister Bori…

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UK reveals plans for up to 10 inland border sites to cope with Brexit chaos 

The government has announced plans for up to 10 inland sites to cope with Brexit congestion and border checks including in Birmingham, Warrington and at a former airfield near Epping Forest …

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BMW says Brexit could cost auto industry up to $13bn

BMW CFO Nicolas Peter on Thursday said Britain’s separation from the European Union could cost automakers and suppliers up to $13bn unless cross-border trade remains tariff-free and unbureaucratic…

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Toyota, Nissan will seek reimbursement from UK if Brexit talks fail, paper says 

oyota and Nissan will ask for reimbursement from Britain if the UK government fails to agree on a trade deal with the European Union, the Nikkei financial daily reported on Monday 5 October…

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What happens if there’s no Brexit trade deal?

Brexit talks grind on as the clock counts down to the end of the transition…

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Post-Brexit talks reach end game as EU, UK agree to work ‘intensively’ for deal 

Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Saturday (3 October) tasked their negotiators with working “intensively” over the coming weeks to see if a post-Brex…

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British Ports welcomes new Brexit borders infrastructure funding

The ports industry has welcomed the launch of UK government’s new Port Infrastructure Fund as part of the preparations for life outside the European Union…

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Brexit: ETF warns of chaos in road transport with port delays at UK border

The ETF has addressed a letter to the EU-UK Brexit Negotiation Taskforce to express and share UNITE the UNION’s concerns that Brexit will come with chaos and confusion on the UK border…

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Eurotunnel on track for Brexit disruption as talks falter 

A report published on Tuesday (22 September) accused the UK government of failing to ensure that the cross-Channel rail link can continue to operate after the Brexit transition is over, while EU offic…

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Open letter to EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier and to UK Chief Negotiator David Frost and Prime Minister Boris Johnson

A EU-UK deal is still possible and remains indispensable

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The Brexit solution of the Dutch ports

As of the 1st of January 2021, your transport to and from the United Kingdom always starts with a declaration to Customs. Once this has been done, you digitally pre-notify the customs documents at the terminals via Portbase. This pre-notification is mandatory at all ferry terminals and most shortsea terminals. Otherwise, your cargo will be denied access. Therefore, be sure to make careful agreements about who does what in your logistics chain. In 5 simple steps, you can ensure fast transport via the Dutch ports in 2021 as well!

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Confusion Over Terminology Blamed for Brexit Misunderstanding

The government has claimed that a misunderstanding of terms is what led to an attack from Logistics UK regarding the readiness of the new Customs system designed to smooth the way for trucks…

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RHA Brexit Checklist- What you need to do now

The latest Brexit checklist is now available here…

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UK agrees to post-Brexit trade deal with Japan

Britain has secured its first big post-Brexit trade deal, an agreement with Japan that it hailed as “historic” as it struggles to agree on trade with its closest trading partners in the Euro…

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Only weeks left to save EU and UK auto sectors from €110 billion ‘no deal’ Brexit disaster

With just 15 weeks before the Brexit transition period expires, European automotive industry leaders have today joined forces to call for the EU and UK to secure an ambitious free trade agreement (FTA…

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UK prepares network of lorry parks for potential Brexit freight chaos

With the UK just three months away from its full separation from the European Union from 1 January 2021, the UK government has given itself sweeping powers to build lorry parks in up to 29 parts of th…

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Brexit: Border infrastructure planning easements welcome but timescales remain tight

The British Ports Association has welcomed the new legislation introduced to fast track the planning processes for Brexit related border infrastructure, at and around ports, but is warning that there …

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