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Freight must be a priority in Brexit negotiations

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New costs, restrictions and bureaucratic requirements are all possible risks following the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, according to the Freight Transport Association.

The group, which represents the freight and logistics industry, is warning that “additional burdens” could add costs to the freight sector and disrupt supply chains. It has called on the Government to prioritise arrangements for international freight transport in its negotiations to leave the EU.

“Even though we are coming out of Europe politically, it remains our biggest export market and the supplier of a high proportion of our imports,” said FTA Chief Executive David Wells.

“We cannot allow new bureaucratic burdens to hamper the efficient movement of exports heading for customers and imports destined for British markets.”

Wells said that it is important that conditions imposed on other non-EU member states (such as Albania and Serbia) are not imposed on the UK freight flows.