Concern in international transport about the consequences of Brexit.

3 January, 2019

The lack of information on Brexit is causing great confusion among Spanish haulage companies.

Spanish companies in the transport sector have mobilised to apply to the Ministry of Public Works for bilateral authorisations under the ECMT agreement. There is great concern in the Spanish transport sector about a possible “hard Brexit”, which would mean leaving the UK without an agreement with the EU.

In the event that no agreement is reached after the estimated date of 29 March 2019, the current EU-wide transport authorisation would no longer be valid, but the permits offered in terms of market access rights between the EU and the UK by transport companies would be limited, leading to a considerable drop in current traffic between the EU and the UK.

The European Commission highlights road transport and has initiated the formalities for the elaboration of a European Regulation, which will ensure basic transport connectivity between the European Union and the United Kingdom during the year 2019, with the objective of providing a provisional solution in the event that no agreement is reached between the two parties.

It should be borne in mind that, according to data from the European Commission itself, the United Kingdom was the third most important commercial market with Spain in 2017, with a total of 7.2% of total exports from Spain.

Although the UK will no longer participate in EU decision-making, a solution that would benefit both sides could happen because the UK would remain within the customs union and the single market, a fact that would make European transport regulation continue to apply as it is now.