FSDF Leads Delegation to see Michael Gove on No Deal Planning for Food Logistics
Following recent meetings at Downing Street, Department for Transport and HM Treasury, FSDF CEO Shane Brennan, led a delegation of industry leaders in a meeting with Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. The meeting forms part of ongoing work to prepare for managing food imports and exports in the event of a No Deal Brexit. The meeting followed publication by the EU Commission of clarification that it expects to certify the UK as a ‘third country’ for purposes of food exports to the single market. Which provides some reassurance that the EU will not close the door to food exports from the UK. However its communication suggests that all animal or plant based products would have to be inspected at port of entry, creating significant further questions about how these checks will be done and where. Currently border inspection facilities at Calais are extremely limited.
Shane Brennan said: “Without urgent action, the reality of Brexit may come down to major queues of trucks on the M20, stuck behind a small number of trucks carrying food stuffs. We know government are working hard to avoid this being the case and we are committed to supporting them in doing that in every way we can.”
FSDF Members are urged to familiarise themselves with the process around being a food exporter. As set out in HM Government’s Partnership Pack, stay plugged in to FSDF bulletins and to continue to engage with customers about their plans.
Photo; Shane Brennan and FSDF member Robert Hardy with representatives of the Road Haulage Association, Freight Transport Association, Institute of Grocery Distribution and British Retail Consortium