Logistics UK, which represents over 18,000 business in the UK logistics sector, has been invited to join the government’s Brexit Business Taskforce.
According to MotorTransport, the invitation was made by Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove MP in recognition of the group’s work in helping the UK continue trading throughout the Brexit process.
David Wells, Logistics UK’s Chief Executive, said that the move acknowledges the critical role the logistics industry plays in keeping the national economy functioning.
“Logistics is the lifeblood of UK PLC – it is vital to all elements of trade and the economy, particularly as the nation looks to build new trading relationships after the UK’s departure from the EU,” he said.
The Brexit Business Taskforce was established by Cabinet Office in November 2020 to help businesses address the challenges posed by new trading arrangements with the EU from 1 January 2021.
Mr Gove said the task force was designed to provide “an important forum for frequent dialogue and problem-solving.”
Other members of the group include the CBI, Institute of Directors, MAKE UK, Chambers of Commerce and the Federation of Small Business.
Logistics UK is one of the UK’s leading business groups and represents the logistics businesses that have been vital in keeping the UK trading, as well as employing seven million people who are directly involved in the making, selling and moving of goods.
A year of disruptive forces, including the COVID-19 pandemic and Brexit, have changed the way that goods move through the supply chain and across borders, has meant that logistics have never been more important to UK plc.
Logistics UK is the only business group which represents the whole industry, with members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers whose businesses depend on the efficient movement of goods.
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