DfT launches campaign to get hauliers Brexit ready

Hauliers need to be fully prepared for unfamiliar customs and border paperwork when the UK leaves the EU on the 31st October 2019, and the Department for Transport has launched a multi-million pound public information campaign to ensure businesses and the logistics industry are equipped for Brexit.

Since the vote to leave the EU in June 2016, many questions have remained unresolved in the logistics industry. It is inevitable there will be changes to processes following the UKs departure from the EU, and the project will reduce the risk of holdups at ports and ferry terminals.

The £8m project will create 150 pop-up advice centres across 10 countries, reinforced by a billboard and media advertising campaign. There will also be millions of multi-language information handbooks and pocket guides available.

The Department for Transport has now emailed over 70,000 UK operators, industry bodies and other interested parties with essential, detailed information. The campaign aims to ensure hauliers obtain everything they need to know, allowing goods to continue to flow smoothly.

If the UK leaves without a deal, hauliers will need to go through customs checks when exporting goods to the EU from the UK.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps said the campaign was another example of the extensive preparations being made for leaving the EU on 31 October. “As an outward-facing global trading nation, the efficiency of our ports is of paramount importance. This multi million pound initiative ensures the UK will remain open for business, with goods continuing to move freely.”

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