Logistics UK has held a meeting with members of the government to raise issues affecting those moving goods and services between GB and Northern Ireland.
The meeting which took place on 22 January was held between Logistics UK chief executive David Wells, chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (CDL), Michael Gove MP, NI Secretary Brandon Lewis MP and transport secretary Grant Shapps MP to discuss the problems being faced by businesses trying to move freight across the Irish Sea.
Wells said: “Mr Gove acknowledged the problems which logistics operators are experiencing and promised to consider the solutions we proposed.
“These included grant support to hauliers affected by increased empty running, a Trusted Trader Scheme to facilitate swifter SPS checks and an advice line targeting SMEs to assist them in their preparations for moving goods. “
He added: “In addition, Logistics UK suggested that the proposed solution to the groupage issues experienced by those moving goods to NI be fully resourced with clear guidance for industry as soon as possible.
“The conversations were constructive, and we will be maintaining regular contact with CDL’s office to ensure progress can be made to relieve some of the issues which have been experienced by our members.”