FTA Ireland welcomes announcement of EU-UK Trade Deal

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“The announcement of a Free Trade Agreement between the EU and UK is welcome news for the Irish logistics industry as it provides businesses with much-needed certainty. While there will be no quotas and tariffs on goods, changes are coming on 1 January 2020 and all in the freight distribution and logistics sector must continue to prepare for these new trading requirements to support smooth trade flows,” stated Aidan Flynn, General Manager, Freight Transport Association Ireland.

“The new administrative burdens will make transiting through Great Britain more onerous for Irish hauliers and as we have seen in recent days with limited space at ports, any delays will cause serious congestion for hauliers.  The landbridge also brings additional traffic congestion uncertainties not covered in the agreement. A deal is so important for a stable relationship between the two blocks, As EU Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen said, ‘it was worth fighting for this deal, we now have a fair and balanced agreement with the UK’. The devil will be in the detail!

FTA Ireland is a not-for-profit membership trade association for the Irish freight, passenger and logistics industries. Wholly owned and governed by its members, and act solely in advancing their best interests. FTA Ireland covers all aspects of private and public freight transport, passenger transport and logistics supply chain, including road, rail, sea and air. FTAI represents some of the largest freight and passenger operators in Ireland, with more than 25,000 employees and 10,000 vehicles operating between them.