Release Date: 07 May 2010
Release ID: 4696
Britain has its first hung parliament since 1974 and UK freight forwarders are urging the eventual occupant of Number 10 not to overlook the vital role of international trade facilitation to the UK economy.
British International Freight Association (BIFA) Director General, Peter Quantrill said: “Whatever the eventual shape of the new government, joined-up thinking is still needed on the many issues facing those involved in facilitating UK import and export traffic.
“The new government must not neglect those issues that impact on the global supply chain, such as security, Customs, EU legislation and international trade treaties. Whilst it must meet important objectives in a co-ordinated and balanced manner, it should be done without creating barriers to trade.
“There must be greater focus on freight transport in Westminster and government must help our members to develop more effective ways to manage international supply chains.
“The new government of whatever shape and form that it eventually takes has some very important freight transport issues to consider. The state of the UK road infrastructure must be at the forefront of government thinking. Congestion needs to be planned out of all modes of UK transport. UK ports and harbours require stronger support and better strategic thinking than was shown recently in the National Policy Statement for Ports.
“BIFA is resolutely apolitical and favours no party in government, but we do urge everyone involved in the corridors of power in Westminster to ensure that those involved in the facilitation of international trade are at the forefront of government thinking and policy.
“We look forward to presenting the case for freight to the new government.”
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