There are now 28 days until the official Brexit deadline on the 29th March.
Here is Freightabase’s latest news bulletin of all the latest announcements around Brexit which directly impact the UK logistics industry.
– Eurotunnel’s challenge to the government has resulted in a £33 million pay-out to the railway services company, after its case against the ‘secretive’ Brexit ferry deals awarded last year. The deals, which included the now-retracted £13.8 million Seaborne Freight contract. saw Eurotunnel state they never had the opportunity to compete.
– Funding for the Port of Ramsgate has been axed in the wake of the collapse of Seaborne Freight’s ferry contract. The port was at the centre of the Seaborne Freight controversy, who had outlined plans for a post-Brexit freight shipping route between the ports of Ostend and Ramsgate. Thanet District Council has approved the cuts of £730,000, confirming the port will no longer be kept ‘ferry-ready’.
– The National Audit office have released its latest assessment of the UK’s preparedness for a No-Deal Brexit, revealing that six of the eight ‘most-critical’ border IT systems being at risk of failure. The risks are thought to be compounded by the fact that many of the systems are reliant on each other and share information.
– HMRC has just one month left to decide whether to extend its contract with Fujitsu to support the CHIEF (Customs Handling of Import & Export Freight) system. The contract is due to end in March 2020, but with CHIEF being slowly phased out in favour of the new Customs Declaration Service (CDS) system, it’s unclear whether the partnership will continue.
– British luxury car manufacturer, Aston Martin, has set aside £30 million to deal with a ‘hard Brexit’, warning that leaving the EU is causing a ‘prolonged uncertainty across its business’. CEO Andy Palmer told the Financial Times that “Geopolitical and economic uncertainties have increased,” resulting in the company’s contingency plans to protect production and customer deliveries.
More news to follow.