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One in three freight firms have made `little or no progress' preparing for Brexit changes

The Port of Larne will be one of the locations for border control posts

ALMOST a third of freight firms have made "little or no progress" preparing for logistics and transportation after Brexit, with the entire industry concerned "about how imports from Northern Ireland will work".

An alarming picture emerged from the survey of UK firms by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), with 82 per cent concerned about the transition period ending next month.

Thirty-one per cent of respondents said they had "made little or no progress with regards to EU exit preparations since the start of the year".

While many respondents believe their organisation understands the key requirements for what needs to be done as a third-party country exporting or importing with the EU, they were "feeling increasingly concerned over the lack of clarity that remains as we approach the end of the transition period".

Respondents also raised concerns about how imports from Northern Ireland will work.

Kevin Richardson chief executive of CILT (UK), said the survey shows "there is still more to be done to ensure the UK's supply chains are prepared for the end of the transition period".

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