A meeting with Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay has failed to allay the fears of the Road Haulage Association (RHA) with regard to how its members will be affected in the event that the UK leaves the EU on 1 November 2019 with no deal.

As both the candidates to become Prime Minister, Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt have repeatedly said that they are prepared to walk away from negotiations without an agreement in place, the RHA was keen to know how this would impact on the haulage industry.

Highlighting that businesses moving goods across borders still do not know what they will be required to do if there is a “no-deal” Brexit, and amid predictions that there will be huge backlogs at ports, RHA Chief Executive Richard Burnett has set out a range of measures which he would like to see the Government introduce.

These include: providing clear guidance on how the whole end-to-end journey will operate; authorising and opening new and substantial customs facilities for transit; and introducing a consolidated and simplified import safety and security declaration system.

In addition, the RHA is urging Ministers to make lorry holding facilities, such as Operation Brock, fit for purpose and to abolish the 22% tariff on new trucks.

The RHA paper on a no-deal Brexit can be found at www.rha.uk.net.

This points out that, unless changes are introduced, a lorry with 2000 consignments onboard will require about 165 hours of staff time for extra data entry.

Last reviewed 9 July 2019