BIFA echoes warning that UK, EU are unprepared for no-deal Brexit

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has warned of the likely negative impact of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union without an exit deal in place – a so-called no-deal Brexit – since the possibility emerged. The trade association this week released a statement in support of a Confederation of British Industry finding that few companies have made necessary preparations for a post-Brexit trade environment. 

According to the statement, most companies that would be affected have so far not registered for a new government online system designed to protect value added tax (VAT) revenues on foreign parcels under a no-deal Brexit. Robert Keen, BIFA’s director general, advised that the government is failing to sufficiently listen to and support businesses and trade associations in their preparations. 

Following the establishment of a new government headed by newly appointed Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Keen expressed concerns that the government is “intent on the U.K. leaving the E.U. with or without a deal.” 

With less than 100 days to the Brexit deadline, departments in that new government must urgently step up their preparations, engage with and listen to trade associations such as BIFA … and deliver clear advice on how trade will be conducted after Oct. 31, deal or no deal,” Keen added. 

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Caryn Livingston

Caryn Livingston is Editor of the monthly magazine Air Cargo World and Deputy Editor of the company’s monthly newsletter, Cargo Facts, and its weekly e-mail publication Cargo Facts Update. Prior to joining Cargo Facts in 2017, Caryn worked as a journalist in Houston covering the oil and gas industry. She holds a BA in English from the University of Tulsa and an MA in Literature from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.