UK HAULIERS EVALUATE THE EFFECT OF BREXIT
There have been many headlines in recent weeks about the chaos facing hauliers as they try to either leave or enter the UK as a result of the country leaving the European single market.
An article by Fleet Point earlier in January revealed that many hauliers were worried about the increased admin they faced once the UK left the EU. In fact, it cited a survey conducted by Haulage Exchange, which found 66 per cent of businesses had this concern.
The news provider also revealed that 21 per cent of haulage firms in the UK had lost business as a result of Brexit, with 15 per cent making redundancies. However, nine per cent of those surveyed said they had increased recruitment in recent weeks.
40 per cent of the logistics firms surveyed stated that nothing had changed since the UK officially left the EU at the beginning of the year.
Chief revenue officer at Transport Exchange Group Sam Wilkinson told the news provider that the organisation is working to support hauliers however it can.
“According to our survey, delays at ports and paperwork are front of mind for carriers,” he added.
Graham Pask from the Road Haulage Association recently told the BBC that there have been a number of stories of drivers spending hours waiting to get paperwork cleared, adding that the “seamless electronic process” that many had hoped for isn’t in place.
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