The Freight Transport Association (FTA), the UK’s largest transport trade association with around 16,000 members, have announced their support for the Prime Minister’s vision of Britain’s intended future relationship with European and global trading partners.
Commenting on Theresa May's recent speech, the FTA said that they “welcome her commitment to ‘tariff-free and frictionless trade’ with the European Union” and are hopeful of free trade agreements with other partners being agreed globally. The FTA believes that they will be able to identify new ‘friction points’ in international trade to help the government negotiate the best possible outcome for UK businesses.
FTA’s ‘Keep Britain Trading’ conference on March 15 will examine and discuss the implications for new trade deals with other countries, and how potential Customs tariffs and trade procedure barriers can be reduced when striking these new free trade agreements.
At the event there will be discussions on Britain’s future trade with Europe, arising from the Prime Minister’s statement. The FTA believe the degree of access to the European market agreed for the UK will be largely determined by the new free trade and new customs agreements, and these will be key topics of discussion during the conference.
In the release regarding future trade plans, the FTA also said “The Prime Minister’s commitment to maintain the common travel area in Ireland is welcomed by FTA as this is one of the key issues of concern to its members”.
The FTA plan to urge the government to develop bold and ambitious free trade agreements with key trading partners around the world as quickly as possible to ensure seamless business relationships can continue.