Last reviewed 13 January 2021

Following a call from the UK Warehousing Association (UKWA), the Government has clarified the position of logistics workers under the latest national lockdown regulations.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has written to UKWA and other trade associations in the industry, to confirm that employees in the sector are considered ‘essential workers’ and accordingly will be allowed to travel for work.

In addition, their children will be permitted to attend school along with those of other key workers.

In its letter, available at www.ukwa.org.uk, the DfT said that the work of the logistics sector is considered essential and should continue to the greatest extent possible through the Covid-19 crisis.

“As is clear in the latest guidance,” it states, “those who work to keep the freight transport modes operating during the coronavirus response and EU transition, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass, are considered critical workers.”

This, therefore, includes haulage drivers, managers, warehouse staff and all other logistics professions who must continue to go about their business to keep supply chains moving.

Government policy is clear, the DfT concludes, that this applies to all supply chains and not only those for food and medical supplies.

UKWA CEO, Peter Ward, said: “We are pleased that the Government has again recognised the important role businesses in our sector are playing in keeping the country going during national lockdown.”