Trading with the EU after Brexit

30 January 2020

Within the EU most goods may move freely between and through countries without any formalities and for that reason are known as “despatches” rather than imports or exports. As of 2300 GMT on 31 January 2020 the UK is no longer a member of the EU but for an Implementation Period (IP) extending until 31 December 2020 all pre-existing arrangements, including those relating to the customs union and single market, will continue to apply so there will be no immediate change. However, if new arrangements are not agreed before 31 December 2020 and the IP is not extended then such freedom of movement will no longer apply and some formalities will be necessary at the interface between the UK and the EU.

A "no-deal" Brexit — is your business prepared?

1 November 2019

The UK is due to leave the EU on 31 January 2020. Although the Government has made a draft agreement with the EU, it is still possible that there will be a no-deal Brexit. Furthermore, if there is no deal it is possible that the UK and EU could enter into agreements for specific areas. Consequently, this is a fluid situation and significant changes may be introduced at any time.

Road haulage — after EU exit day

13 May 2019

The UK is set to leave the EU with, at the time of writing, no deal agreed regarding the future relationship. Richard Smith looks at the current options and at any plans that can be made based on a degree of certainty.

The international haulage landscape

3 November 2016

As we approach the latter part of 2016, it is clear that this year has been a turbulent one for UK hauliers that operate internationally. Calais has continued to cause problems, and the summer saw the UK vote in favour of exiting Europe. Vikki Woodfine, a Partner at DWF LLP, looks at where we are now on these issues and what the future may hold for UK hauliers currently operating in Europe.

Vehicle seizures at border controls

4 May 2015

Vehicle seizure by the authorities (ie HMRC, the UK Border Force (UKBF), the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and the police) is a very real threat to operators. Vikki Woodfine, Associate at DWF LLP explains the potential risks, the processes involved and how operators can minimise the threat to their business (and their vehicles).

Instructions in Writing

4 February 2014

In this article, Desmond Waight covers the requirements to carry Instructions in Writing when transporting large loads of dangerous goods, and highlights forthcoming minor changes, which will be made in the ADR 2015 edition.

The Nolan case revisited

3 October 2012

In a previous article (Non-UK-based hauliers operating in the UK), Chris Hallsworth dealt with a number of important issues covered by the Transport Tribunal in the Nolan Transport case. This article is designed to complete an outline of the points the Tribunal ruled upon but also covers other aspects of cabotage arising from other cases.

Where next for cabotage?

20 March 2012

The UK media tends to treat EU directives and regulations as though they appear out of nowhere with no warning. In fact, of course, they are always preceded by reports and proposals, which make it possible to predict with a fair degree of accuracy what legislation is heading our way. With that in mind, Paul Clarke forecasts changes in the rules on cabotage in the not-too-distant future.