Logistics news: June

We bring you the latest news from the logistics industry as selected by SBRC SSCS Project Manager & Secure Transport Lead, Stewart Hurry.

TT Club publishes workplace guidance

The guidance is aimed at helping UK ports through the coronavirus pandemic. You can read it in full here.

 

New HS2 report hailed as boost for case for Borders Railway extension

A new report has been welcomed by campaigners as further endorsement of the case for extending the Borders Railway south into England.

SBRC SSCS Project Manager & Secure Transport Lead, Stewart Hurry, said: With all the pain and disruption that the Coronavirus epidemic has brought to individuals, families and business, the challenge is to make sure that something positive is achieved from all the hardship.

"In the world of logistics, opinion would suggest that the sector can move some way to achieving its reduction in its carbon footprint through modal shift from road to rail, combined with re-assessment of the most efficient onward distribution routes and last mile solutions.

"The already planned investment in HS2, irrespective of opinions on the project itself, supports the argument for further rail investment, extending and linking existing networks, making more efficient use of low carbon transport.” 

 

Twelve weeks on – How’s your business recovering from COVID-19?

Have your volumes increased as lockdown measures have eased? How are furlough and redundancies affecting your operation? What are the biggest challenges you expect to face in the coming months?

The Department for Transport wants to understand the impact the pandemic is still having on your business, and what further support you need to continue through recovery.

They ask for ten minutes of your time to give them this vital intelligence – help us build the strongest case to press the Treasury for the support you need. Click here.

 

Trade Credit Insurance to see up to £10bn government guarantee

It’s good news for hauliers as government announces a £10bn guarantee to support thousands of businesses by protecting against customer defaults or payment delays.

The Trade Credit Reinsurance scheme, which has been agreed following extensive discussions with the insurance sector, will see the vast majority of trade credit insurance coverage maintained across the UK.

Recently an RHA survey of 600 road haulage operators revealed that the vast majority are still struggling after pandemic lockdown measures have seen volumes collapse.

Sixteen percent of operators claimed they could be insolvent within four weeks, with government furlough payments and bounce back loans only offering a temporary reprieve.

Find out more here.

Commenting on the latest news, SSCS Project Manager & Secure Transport Lead, Stewart Hurry, said: "One of the biggest risks to the survival and solvency of companies coming out of lock-down is cash-flow. Manufacturers and transporters have agreed payment contracts in place but in the current climate many companies are reluctant to pay outstanding invoices if expected income is low and could place the company at risk.

"This has a knock-on effect across businesses so the default guarantee will be a comfort to many businesses currently dealing with this among many other challenges."

 

Brexit – Do you move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland?

At the end of the transition period when the Northern Ireland Protocol comes into force there will be changes to the way goods move between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

  • Do you move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland?
  • Do you move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland on behalf of someone?
  • Are you based in Northern Ireland and currently receive goods from Great Britain?
  • Do you send parcels between Great Britain and Northern Ireland using Royal Mail or an express operator?

If your answer is ‘yes’ to any of the above questions, your business may be affected and we are encouraging all businesses who move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland to complete the latest questionnaire from HMRC to ensure they are prepared for the planned ending of the transition period on 31 December 2020.
Access the questionnaire here

 

COVID-19 isolation exemption for international drivers

The Government has released new information on the exemption for truckers from the 14-day isolation when returning to the UK.

This link gives an extensive list of occupations and situations where isolation is, and is not required.

International freight drivers are exempt from the need to isolate for 14 days on entry into the UK, but it is clear, that the exemption is only valid when the driver is entering for work purposes.

Find out more here.

 

 

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