97 PER CENT OF UK HAULIERS ‘NOT PREPARED’ POST-BREXIT TRANSITION
A recent survey has revealed that almost 97 per cent of UK hauliers are not prepared for the Brexit transition period, and have requested further clarity on future border legislation.
Ready For Brexit reports that without clear information, it will be impossible for businesses to adjust, meaning that from 1 January, produce may not be picked up by hauliers, possibly turned around at the border, and in the worst-case perishable goods could spoil in transit.
The study showed that only 3 per cent of respondents stated they were fully prepared for the end of the Brexit transition, while 84 per cent stated that they needed more information and clarity on border legislation changes from the government.
Specialist haulage solutions platform, Haulage Exchange, asked employees from 32 UK-based haulage companies for their insights and thoughts on how Brexit has affected and will affect their business, how prepared for the end of the transition they feel, and what they need to be adequately prepared for the changes.
There is further confusion around the transition, as it was revealed that 66 per cent of respondents stated they are not prepared to present the Safety and Security Declarations at customs, as it has been assumed that these documents were the responsibility of the exporter or importer and not that of the haulier.
The deep connection between the EU and UK haulage industries has highlighted that clear guidance is the biggest thing missing from the Brexit transition process, as far as the majority of hauliers are concerned.
While the majority want clarity on changes to border legislation, almost half (47 per cent) state that they simply need more time to get the necessary admin done.
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