29 April 2020 | UK

CILT globally has the important role of representing our members’ interests, and being the voice of the industry with the transport ministries and policy makers.

In an earlier article: Covid-19 Best practice Response: Ensuring that logistics and transport is seen by government as an essential and integrated sector, we examined the role of CLT Malaysia in advising the Ministry of Transport and contributing to the content of Ministerial Media Statements, particularly in relation to the national Movement Control Order.

We now share an example from UK where several trade bodies have collaborated in requesting additional support for the road haulage sector.

CILT UK, along with the Road Haulage Association, Cold Chain Federation, British Association of Removers, Association of Pallet Networks and the Transport Association has sent a joint letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, requesting extra help for the profession during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The joint industry body letter recognises the colossal impact of the pandemic on the UK’s road haulage industry and asks for further support to prevent “widescale business collapse that could reduce capacity by as much as 50%.”

The letter identifies this as a significant issue because most operators work as part of an integrated supply chain and their activities are spread across multiple sectors.

The letter offers a number of suggestions to ease the pressures being felt by an industry with already very low profit margins, and suggests that without this additional support the sector may find it impossible to provide enough capacity to meet demand going forward. Read the letter here

This is an example of a collaborative business response from UK which we are sharing as part of our global best practice resource to help you think about and determine appropriate responses locally.