ESTA Director Ton Klijn has today written to all ESTA members advising them of the contingency measures being planned in case the European Union and the UK fail to reach agreement on their future relationship.
Negotiations are still ongoing but are due to finish on Sunday night, December 13. The contingency measures are intended to ensure business continuity after 1 January 2021.
In his letter, Klijn said: “This morning, the European Commission published a new communication here announcing the tabling of a proposal for a contingency regulation for goods and passenger transport by road.”
The proposal – which will have to be approved by the Member States and the European Parliament – will apply from 1 January 2021 onwards in case an EU-UK Agreement has not entered into force and assuming the UK reciprocates the measures.
Ton Klijn added: “ESTA members are invited to examine these contingency measures and use this information in your activities to prepare your member companies for the changing situation on 1 January 2021.
“ESTA will endeavour to keep members informed of new developments, including about similar measures announced by the UK. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.”