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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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Assuming there are no dramatic developments, this time next week the Chancellor will have delivered his 3rd Budget in just over two years. All eyes will be on what is another crucial moment for the Government. With so much uncertainty in the global markets and the looming prospect of ‘No Deal’ Philip Hammond has a lot of heavy lifting to do. His aim will be to provide enough confidence to steer the economy through the next weeks, and possibly months, […]

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The Department for Transport (DfT) has published 6 technical notice documents setting out the plans it will put in place in the unlikely situation the UK leaves the EU without a deal. Lorry, bus and coach drivers and operators should read the technical notices for: vehicle insurance in the EU if there’s no EU exit deal commercial road haulage in the EU if there’s no EU exit deal operating bus or coach services abroad if there’s no EU exit deal These […]

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Brexit advisor and customs expert, Robert Hardy, will address food and retail delegates at the Food & Business Conference at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on the 2nd October. A must-event for food professionals, attracting over 2,000 key decision makers from the UK’s leading food processing, retail and food service industries, and covering key issues affecting the industry today. A much sought-after advisor on all things Brexit and a director of FSDF member Oakland International, experts in distribution and logistics and […]

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