A new public awareness campaign aimed at hauliers has been launched by the Department for Transport (DfT), urging businesses to be fully prepared for Brexit.
With the UK currently scheduled to leave the EU on October 31st, the government has stepped up its efforts to ensure the haulage sector is as prepared as possible.
Haulage providers ‘the backbone of the economy’
Transport secretary Grant Shapps stated: “As an outward-facing global trading nation, the efficiency of our ports is of paramount importance.
“This multi-million-pound initiative ensures the UK will remain open for business, with goods continuing to move freely.”
The new £8 million campaign will see 150 pop-up advice centres being rolled out this month across the country, supported by a nationwide billboard and media advertising campaign.
Companies are being urged to prepare for additional customs checks after Brexit and to have all the necessary paperwork in order to ensure the future free flow of goods.
To do this, businesses are being issued with a handbook and pocket guide on customs requirements by the DfT and are reminded it is their responsibility to apply for and hold the correct paperwork for all goods they are transporting.
Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “Brexit could be here in less than eight weeks and therefore businesses must prepare for all eventualities. The ability of firms to continue trading after Brexit is paramount to the nation’s future stability.”
Posted on 15th September 2019
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