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UK truckers may get temporary permit-free access to EU in a no-deal Brexit

UK hauliers have been thrown a lifeline thanks to a yet-to-be passed provisional agreement between the European Parliament and member states that would allow UK truckers to haul cargo without European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT) permits over a nine-month period in the event of a no-deal Brexit

UK truckers may get temporary permit-free access to EU in a no-deal Brexit

UK hauliers have been thrown a lifeline thanks to a yet-to-be passed provisional agreement between the European Parliament and member states that would allow UK truckers to haul cargo without European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT) permits over a nine-month period in the event of a no-deal Brexit

10 March 2019 - 19:00

UK hauliers have been thrown a lifeline thanks to a yet-to-be passed provisional agreement between the European Parliament and member states that would allow UK truckers to haul cargo without European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT) permits over a nine-month period in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

The likely concession follows two years of intense lobbying by the UK Freight Transport Association (FTA) which welcomed the decision, London's Air Cargo News reported.



However, the FTA cautioned that the concession still leaves UK hauliers 'with much to consider'.



FTA's European policy manager Sarah Laouadi said: 'The lack of ECMT permits under a no-deal Brexit would severely limit market access for thousands of UK businesses and is something we have worked tirelessly to address on behalf of our members.



She said the announcement will ease concerns about the 'future of their businesses but is far from offering frictionless operating conditions and should still be viewed in light of the threat posed to the UK's trading relationships by a no-deal departure from the EU.'



Ms Laouadi added: 'The offer is only valid for nine months from Brexit date, it could be revoked unilaterally by the EU without any appeal mechanism and would not provide the same levels of access as UK hauliers currently enjoy.



'Shippers have come to rely on fully flexible logistics operators, who can move goods as and when necessary, but this would not be possible under the contingency approved today.



'For instance, cabotage rights in the EU would be limited significantly and progressively reduced during the nine-month period under review, with no cabotage rights at all in the final two months of the contingency period.



'This would have a significant impact on those businesses trading in Europe as they return to the UK.'


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