The Freight Transport Association has welcomed the decision by the Home Office and the UK Border Agency not to implement police freight data capture powers for the movement of goods within the European Union.
It had argued that the collection of data by police from individual freight consignments was not only unnecessary and highly impractical, but would have brought with it significant costs to doing business out of the UK.
Christopher Snelling, FTA’s head of supply chain policy, said: “FTA’s International Supply Chain Forum asked serious questions of the Home Office at two meetings of the Forum this summer and autumn. Members expressed utter incredulity that this measure was being reconsidered without apparently a clear rationale or understanding of the impact on business. It seemed that a sanity check was needed.”