Speaking about the announcement of the new UK trade deal with the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), Kate Jennings, Logistics UK’s Director of Policy said:
“The UK’s accession to the CPTPP may only yield small benefits to the nation’s business in the short term, but the access to innovation and increased productivity which the deal will deliver longer term will be of benefit to the overall health of the UK economy. As a nation with longstanding and excellent trading links worldwide, UK PLC stands ready to benefit from the opportunities the new agreement will provide thanks to the country’s interconnected supply chain. The success of the agreement will stand on improved access to high growth markets including simplification of customs processes and future opportunities to digitise the movement of goods to speed connections between the UK and the 11 nations involved.”
Logistics UK is one of the UK’s leading business groups, representing logistics businesses which are vital to keeping the UK trading, and more than seven million people directly employed in the making, selling and moving of goods. With decarbonisation, 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. Logistics UK supports, shapes and stands up for safe and efficient logistics, and 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.