Freight Transport Association Ireland (FTA Ireland) has urged the government to prioritise the logistics sector in the next Budget.
With the pre-Budget submission now published, the need to protect the haulage industry and logistics sector has never been higher.
The sector in general has been “largely ignored” according to the General Manager of FTA Ireland, Aidan Flynn.
And now, he believes the needs of these industries must be addressed if they are to be ready for Brexit, which is scheduled for March 2019.
He said: “The 2019 Budget will be very important in preparing for the reality of a post-Brexit Ireland. Up to now the views of the logistics sector have been completely ignored and it is time that this was urgently addressed, as businesses need to prepare for Brexit and its implications.
“With 3,500 Irish registered international hauliers, there is a lot at stake if support is not provided to small and medium-sized enterprises.
“The haulage sector is a critical link in the supply chain that needs urgent assistance to prepare for the future trading landscape. Brexit is shining a light on the transport and logistics sector like never before as politicians and stakeholders struggle to understand the complexities of the supply chain and contemplate the enormity of the decisions to be made that will impact future trade generations to come.”
Throughout the summer, and especially as worries of a no-deal Brexit have become more real, the haulage industry has been vocal in its warnings about the lack of detail around trade. Both the FTA and Road Haulage Association (RHA) have expressed concerns.
And the FTA Ireland has a number of concerns, including the way the skills shortage will be tackled, and the international haulage sector which, the Association says, should be given €5 million worth of ring fenced funding to pay for a review of the Brexit procedures of companies in the sector, as well as supply chain training.