What is happening: Hauliers in the UK have been given an extended deadline to apply for permits that will be needed to move goods across Europe in the event of a no deal Brexit.
When is this happening: The original deadline was midnight on the 21st of December, but the date has been extended to the 18th of January.
ECMT: The hauliers must apply for the European Conference of Ministers for Transport permits as soon as possible. Operators can travel through 43 countries, with a limit of three loaded trips per month.
Fines: Fines for breaking the rules can be up to $30,000-$40,000.
Deal: The EU had offered to accept UK permits for the first nine months of 2019 after March. This is as long as the UK acts accordingly.
What did FTA European policy manager, Sarah Laouadi say: “In the case of no deal, it is looking more and more likely that ECMTs may be the only option for UK hauliers travelling to the continent. The problem with relying on ECMTs is that there is a limit of 984 for UK vehicles, with the permit for each individual vehicle rather than the operator.
“This obviously covers 2019, but I would still advise operators to apply for ECMTs rather than risk it. Also, cross-border trade and cabotage are not covered by ECMTs, so this needs to be considered – make sure you apply, as supply is limited.”