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Industry News from BIFA

  • Too soon to start speculating on UK-EU trade procedures, say British freight forwarders

    British International Freight Association (BIFA) Director General, Robert Keen says: “BIFA is a neutral body and will now be looking at the ways in which we can support our members as the forthcoming legislative changes become apparent between now, the day that the UK formally triggers the resignation process and the date the country’s exit becomes effective.

    “Today the UK is still a member of the EU and it is too soon to start speculation on the outcome of two years plus of negotiations regarding trade deals and movement of goods.

    “We will be making sure that those undertaking the negotiations recognise the fundamental role that our members’ freight forwarding services, including customs processing, play in underpinning the movement of the UK’s visible trade with Europe.”

  • Freight group questions Operation Stack alternative

    Earlier this month, plans for a lorry park the size of Disneyland on the M20 were criticised by a House of Commons Select Committee that believes the government needs to justify the cost of the build.

    Like the committee, BIFA also believes that the government has not clearly demonstrated what options have been evaluated and considers that the decision to proceed with a lorry park project in Kent had ignored some of the usual best practice when planning the expenditure of such large sums of money.

    BIFA Director General, Robert Keen, says: “Our members’ cross-channel trailer services are seriously impacted when there is disruption in the channel ports and Operation Stack comes into action. They are keen for the government to seek a solution to the disruption caused by Operation Stack, but query whether a lorry park is the best approach, given the cost and scale involved.

    “It seems a little odd that such a significant amount of money might be spent on a lorry park that might never get used and might not even solve the wider problems.

    “BIFA has always said there is not one single fix and a range of options should be considered, including consideration of the use of the M26 to queue rather than park traffic, upgrading of the A2 so that we’ve got two major routes to the port, as well as using smart technology.

    “With an announcement expected on the way forward in summer 2016, BIFA members still feel that the government has more work to do to persuade us of the business case for this investment."

  • CLECAT supports EC on legal action

    She said: ‘We are pleased with the Commission’s decision. The application of this new employment rule needs to be reconsidered because, as stated by the Commission, it would restrict in a disproportionate manner the freedom to provide services and move goods in the EU.‘

    Under the new French law, foreign vehicles operating on French soil will have to implement new reporting requirements to demonstrate compliance. This includes submitting a ‘posting’ certificate for each worker, which must be renewed every six months, and appointing a company representative in France to liaise with staff of the enforcement body for the duration of the transport operation and for 18 months following. With less than two weeks before the deadline, the French government has still not given full guidance to foreign operators.

    The IRU called earlier this week on French authorities to introduce a moratorium on the Loi Macron enforcement for international transport operators as of 2 July 2016. “Already in March 2015, more than one year ago, we voiced our concerns about the practical implications of Loi Macron if the implementation is not thoroughly explained, in consultation with the industry,” said Michael Nielsen, who leads IRU’s work in the EU. ‘Two months ago, IRU submitted more than 40 legal and practical questions to the French administration on Loi Macron in order to inform our members. Until today this IRU request remains unanswered.’

    Source: CELCAT

  • EC takes legal action against France and Germany on Minimum Wage legislation

    While fully supporting the principle of a minimum wage, the Commission considers that the systematic application of the minimum wage legislation by France and Germany to all transport operations touching their respective territories restricts in a disproportionate manner the freedom to provide services and the free movement of goods.

    Following an exchange of information with the French authorities and a thorough legal assessment of the applicable French legislation, which will become applicable on 1 July 2016, the Commission has decided to send a letter of formal notice to France. This constitutes the first step in the infringement procedure.

    In addition, the Commission decided to send a supplementary letter of formal notice to the German authorities. This follows the launch of an infringement procedure in May 2015 and subsequent extensive talks with the German authorities with a view to reaching an amicable solution. However, neither the reply of the German authorities to the letter of formal notice nor the subsequent discussions have dispelled the Commission's main concerns.

    In both cases, the Commission considers that the application of the minimum wage to certain international transport operations having only a marginal link to the territory of the host Member State cannot be justified, as it creates disproportionate administrative barriers, which prevent the internal market from functioning properly. The Commission considers that more proportionate measures should be taken to safeguard the social protection of workers and to ensure undistorted competition, whilst allowing for free movement of services and goods. The French and the German authorities now have two months to respond to the arguments put forward by the Commission.

    Source: CLECAT