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The logistics industry is seeing its value now more than ever, with companies Titan Transline seeing business in spite of, and, in some cases, because of the pandemic. However, there are some issues with the borders, according to the FTA, who called for better flow in the EU’s internal borders.
According to the organization, logistics operators like Titan Transline are having to deal with delays at the EU’s internal borders, which is problematic, especially now, as it delays the region’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Head of European and Global Policy at the FTA Pauline Bastidon stated that EU member states should follow the EU’s guidelines on green lanes for goods at the border in order to speed things along, as their purpose is to ensure that freight flows freely between the countries in the region.
They state that the current issue of logistics operators facing delays of around 14 hours at the EU’s internal borders shouldn’t be happening, as specified by the EU’s guidelines, and that’s why they, and the FTA at large, are asking the member states to help ensure that the movement of vehicles stays smooth in order to maintain supply chains and the delivery of essential goods.
Bastidon says that, while everyone is dealing with an extraordinary trading environment, procedures at the EU’s green lane border crossings should be optimizes in order to avoid delays. To that end, the FTA is urging the EU’s states to make sure that the proper processing can be accomplished without the need for drivers to exit their vehicles, and produce only the documentation required in the EU guidelines, while also allowing for electronic submission and display.
Bastidon notes that, with the supply chain under duress, there isn’t a reason to quarantine drivers that aren’t displaying symptoms of COVID-19.
They say that the logistics industry is dealing with a worker shortage, particularly with drivers, which is bad since the logistics industry is so important in keeping the economy running, especially with current events putting more pressure on them. That’s why, Bastidon says, the FTA is urging for support from the European governments.