With only 55 days left until the government’s intended EU withdrawal deadline, political confusion and talk of a general election, a No Deal Brexit is still a possibility for business to contend with. With the logistics industry set to be hit hardest, there are still many unanswered questions surrounding working practices which will require clarification in order to ensure the seamless movement of goods and series both domestically and internationally. FTA’s Brexit Readiness Conference will be held at the Amba Hotel, London Charing Cross on Friday 4 October, sponsored by Port of Dover, to provide help and guidance for logistics businesses preparing for the UK’s departure from the EU. With the Conservative Party Conference taking place in the same week, attendees will be able to react to the most up to date policy announcements from government and gain advice on how to maintain business with the country’s biggest trading partner. Doug Bannister, Chief Executive of the Port of Dover commented: “The FTA’s Brexit Readiness Conference presents a timely opportunity for key players in the logistics industry to come together and ensure that collectively, we are prepared for 31st October by having the very latest information on what we all need to do to keep trade flowing. Handling more lorries than all other UK ports combined, and as the closest link to Europe, the Port of Dover is critical to ‘business as usual’ for the UK. The Port is prepared, but it’s vital that we work collaboratively with our logistics partners to keep factories busy, shops full and prices low for British consumers.” To make sense of Government plans, FTA’s expert Brexit team will be presenting at the event, including Pauline Bastidon, FTA’s Head of Global and European Policy, and Seamus Leheny, FTA’s Policy Manager for Northern Ireland. Chairing the event will be FTA’s Deputy Chief Executive and Brexit lead, James Hookham who will be joined by other FTA representatives to ensure comprehensive coverage across a multitude of topics. This will include Dover-Calais, Irish and North Sea borders and ports, as well as customs and taxation queries, staffing issues and other key elements of the logistics mix. Other sessions will cover off phytosanitary check requirements and other standards required of those trading with the EU and beyond. Whether a shipper, haulier or forwarder operating outside the UK or involved in EU trade, this exclusive one-day conference will cater for all areas of the logistics industry and the processes and procedures in the supply chain affected by the UK’s departure from the EU. For further information or to book a place go to https://fta.co.uk/events/brexit-conference-2019 or call FTA Customer Services on 03717 11 22 22. Efficient logistics is vital to keep Britain trading, directly having an impact on more than seven million people employed in the making, selling and moving of goods. With Brexit, new technology and other disruptive forces driving change in the way goods move across borders and through the supply chain, logistics has never been more important to UK plc. A champion and challenger, FTA speaks to Government with one voice on behalf of the whole sector, with members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers.