Customs, security, EU legislation and international trade treaties are all issues that impact on the global supply chain and that must therefore be addressed by the new government.

Arguing that freight must not be forgotten in the new parliament, the British International Freight Association (BIFA) has said that, whichever party forms the next government, the vital role of international trade facilitation to the UK economy must not be overlooked.

Described as the voice of the country’s freight forwarders, BIFA calls for an integrated approach by the new government on the many issues facing those involved in facilitating UK import and export traffic.

BIFA is resolutely apolitical and favours no party in government,” its Director General, Robert Keen, said. “But we do urge everyone involved in the corridors of power in Westminster, after the results of the next election are known, to ensure that those involved in the facilitation of international trade are at the forefront of government thinking and policy.

The Association is also calling for congestion to be planned out of all modes of UK transport, and for the state of the UK’s road infrastructure to be at the forefront of government thinking.

The UK’s ports and harbours also require what BIFA describes as strong support and strategic thinking.

However, it is airport capacity that BIFA singles out as perhaps the most important issue for the new government to deal with. Following the election, the Association wants to see the recommendations of the Airports Commission adopted in full and work started on expanding UK aviation hub capacity.

Source - Croner a Wolters Kluwer business.