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The Food Storage and Distribution Federation has joined other leaders from across the logistics industry to call on the Prime Minister to act to prevent a UK exit from the EU with ‘no deal’. It highlights our view that the UK is not ready to manage the flow of goods into and out of the UK if UK ceases to be part of the EU single market and there is no transitional agreement agreed on the 29th March. The big […]

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Commercial drivers operating in the EU need to prepare for Brexit by making sure they have the right documents. To prepare for deal and no deal scenarios, you need to: register trailers for international commercial use weighing over 750kg check if you need International Driving Permits and how many you may need contact your vehicle insurance provider to get a motor insurance green card display a GB sticker on your vehicle register for Brexit updates Trailer registration From 28 March 2019, […]

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There are a range of actions businesses need to take to prepare for a no deal Brexit – full details of government advice is available in the partnership pack which is being regularly updated (view it here).  However highlighted is a specific issues related to food storage facilities: IF you receive ‘controlled’ food products that have originated from outside the EU AND the supply route by which you receive it is first into a non-UK EU port and then on […]

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The deadline to apply for a European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT) permit has now been extended until 11.59 pm on 18 January 2019.   ECMT permits will allow you to continue operating in the EU after March 2019 in the event of ‘no deal’.   The duty of a responsible government is to continue to prepare for a range of potential outcomes including a no deal scenario. Short-term (monthly) permits   You will no longer be able to […]

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Shane Brennan, Chief Executive of the Food Storage and Distribution Federation, took part in a roundtable meeting chaired by the Secretary of State for Transport on the withdrawal agreement and Brexit No Deal Planning. In advance of the meeting he said: “This meeting is part of our ongoing commitment to play a constructive role in supporting the government in its planning for all outcomes of the ongoing Brexit negotiations. Food storage and distribution businesses are focused on working with their […]

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We are working to help our customers prepare for all Brexit eventualities – that was our message on BBC News at 10 on Monday 3rd December – thanks to Robert Hardy and Oakland International Limited for your contribution. The Food Storage & Distribution Federation (FSDF) will continue to lead the liaison with government on all No Deal preparations – any members or others that need help get in touch.     

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Community Licences and ECMT Permits Currently, UK lorry drivers carrying out international journeys must have a standard international operator’s licence along with a community licence for journeys to, from or through the EU and EEA. Vehicles under 3.5 tonnes (including vans) and drivers operating on own account (carrying their own goods) do not need an international operator’s licence or Driver CPC. From 29 March 2019, if there is no EU exit deal, EU and EEA countries may not recognise UK […]

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Following the UK’s exit from the EU, UK hauliers operating in EU countries may require new paperwork.  The Government’s ambition in negotiations with the EU is to reach an agreement which maintains the existing liberal access for commercial hauliers. This would benefit both sides and allow UK hauliers to continue to operate as they do today. Whilst the Government remains optimistic for a deal, preparations are being made for all scenarios. Community licences and ECMT permits  One possible scenario is […]

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FSDF continues to monitor developments with regards to the EU withdrawal agreement and how it will impact the supply chain. CEO Shane Brennan will be keeping members up to date with further developments as they happen via email & social media. The full document is available to read here – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/progress-on-the-uks-exit-from-and-future-relationship-with-the-european-union

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The Government’s ambition is to reach an agreement with the EU to maintain existing liberal access for commercial hauliers. So you can prepare contingency plans for the unlikely event of a “no deal”, you can apply for an ECMT permit to continue working in the EU. Applications open on 26 November 2018. You’ll need to be registered on the Vehicle Operator Licensing system to apply. Read our latest Moving On blog post and our guidance on GOV.UK to find out […]

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