Specialist haulage solutions platform, Haulage Exchange, asked employees from 32 UK-based haulage companies for their insights on how Brexit has affected – and will affect – their business, how prepared for the end of the transition they feel, and what they need to be sufficiently prepared for the changes.
84% of respondents to the study have called on the Government to provide for more clarity on border legislation changes.
In terms of support, almost half (47%) requested more time to make the legislation changes to get the necessary admin in order, whist around a fifth asked for financial and staffing support.
The study further revealed that two thirds (66%) of respondents state that they are not prepared to present the Safety and Security Declarations at customs, as they assumed these documents were the responsibility of the exporter or importer instead of the haulier or courier.
Lord Teverson, Chair of the EU Environment Sub-Committee, voiced his concerns that food and farming business “do not know” what rules apply the end of the Brexit transition period, with just 3% stating that they are totally prepared for the transition.
“Without clear information it is impossible for businesses to adjust, which will mean that from 1 January their produce may not be picked up by hauliers, might be turned around at the border, or in the worst case could spoil in vans,” said Lord Teverson.
“With the upcoming Brexit transition deadline, our focus is to ensure users of our market-leading Freight Exchange platforms, Courier Exchange and Haulage Exchange, can continue to carry goods to and from the EU without disruption,” said Sam Wilkinson, chief revenue officer at Transport Exchange group.
Mr Wilkinson said that, to ensure they can be prepared and avoid delays, theu are working with industry experts to provide educational content that will be signposted directly from within our platform.
“Post-transition period, freight will continue to move and Transport Exchange Group will continue to lead the way for UK Freight Exchange platforms,” he added.