In a recent article published by Lloyds Loading List, the reality of the threat to road freight transport is echoing through the industry.
The article can be read here. And it doesn’t surprise us at all.
Whilst we, and all other freight forwarders, are fighting against time to implement software adjustments, connections to new systems, and learning the new processes, not to mention the heavy financial investment, the truth is that nobody is ‘truly’ ready. A good majority are, but only on a ‘best effort’ basis.
The rules are complex, as is the guidance. Many are interpreting such guidance differently which exacerbates confusion. It seems that 8 out of every 10 calls and emails are aiming at clarity.
It is therefore no wonder that hauliers would rather work in their own environments than risk being caught up in this undisputable debacle which would cost time, where time is money.
We are lucky. We have understanding customers. I just hope that come January, all participants in the transport chain will have patience and the same understanding. It will go pear-shaped for sure. At least at first. Patience and resilience will get us through it.