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RTS Coventry will be moving!


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We will be moving!!


With a growing workforce in our Coventry office the time has come to re-locate to bigger premises.

Coventry is under major re-development ahead of the ‘City of Culture’ in 2021, with this in mind the head office will staying in the city centre and moving to one of the new re-developments. The ambitious scheme which includes the redevelopment of the former Co-op building and the Hawkins building by EDG property (the people behind Birmingham developments The Mailbox and The Cube) is part of an effort to make the most of Coventry’s post war buildings.

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The introduction of post-Brexit customs checks could cost traders up to £9bn a year, according to a think-tank report.

The Institute for Government said in its study that the introduction of customs declarations will affect up to 180,000 traders who now operate only within the EU.  Those traders face making customs declarations for the first time after Brexit, and the Government estimates an expected extra 200 million a year.

Those declarations cost £20 to £45 each, the institute said, putting the total additional cost at £4bn to £9bn

The Government wants to leave the EU customs union when it leaves the bloc in March 2019 – and it wants to negotiate a new relationship that will ensure trade is as free of friction as possible.It has called for a transition period where customs arrangements will remain largely the same as they are now. But its commitment to leave the customs union has raised concerns that customs checks will be introduced at UK borders, increasing costs for businesses.

“The scale and cost of change for many traders could be significant. Government must engage with them in detail about changes, understanding their requirements and giving them as much time to adapt as possible,” the report said.

The IfG said preparing the border for Brexit is a “huge task with a hard deadline”, and will require the Government to “orchestrate change across more than 30 government departments and public bodies, as well as over 100 local authority organisations”.

“The Government must make sure everyone from port operators to freight companies and local authorities are ready, It should also work with EU partners to ensure issues at European ports do not cause significant disruption to supply chains”

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As the Government publishes its proposal for a customs union deal, the EU Parliament’s Brexit coordinator calls it “fantasy”.
The UK has already said it will leave the customs union – the EU’s tariff-free trading area – after Brexit, and businesses have been calling for clarity on what the replacement system will involve.
David Davis MP estimates the transition period will be roughly two years – with the deadline of the next General Election in 2022.
The document sets out two broad approaches to a possible customs deal.
One option aims to continue some existing arrangements the UK has with the EU, using technology to make custom requirements “as frictionless as possible”.
The second option is without precedent, which would involve the UK mirroring the EU’s requirements for imports where the final destination is the EU.
The Government also says it has contingency plans in place to deal with the possibility of no agreement.
But there are increasing concerns that all the Government’s possible options mean businesses will be hit with extra red tape and increased costs.
The British Irish Chamber of Commerce responded saying it was cautious about the feasibility of some proposals being put forward in London on simplifying new trade barriers with Europe.
The recognition of the need for an interim period to allow for the adoption of new systems and infrastructures will be welcomed by businesses who have long warned of the dangers of leaving the Customs Union without such a transition phase
It is important that this phase is as close to the status quo as possible with minimum disruption caused by tariff and non-tariff barriers.
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What will it all mean for Brexit?

This morning, UK exporters and importers are all waking thinking what does the election result mean for Brexit, and the potential impact on my business.  After four weeks of campaigning for the General Election, vital time has been lost to prepare for the crucial Brexit negotiations. It’s crucial that that the new government focuses its efforts on supporting the logistics sector to ensure that business can continue to trade efficiently with our EU customers and suppliers.

Exiting the customs union threatens the imposition of tariffs, border checks, Customs declarations and huge amounts of bureaucracy for the significant number of UK businesses that trade in the EU, and the logistics organisations that deliver it for them. Negotiating a replacement trade deal that avoids these would require a strong and convincing mandate, which the Election has now put into doubt. The importance of painless arrangements for UK trade with the EU, particularly with Ireland, means that the decision to leave the customs union should be reviewed as a matter of urgency, and other ways of achieving a positive outcome for Brexit should now be considered.

Approximately 44% of the UK’s exports in goods and services were transported to the EU in 2016, valued at £240 billion out of £550 billion of the country’s total exports.

One thing is for sure the government should prioritise the success of the nation’s trading arrangements now that the election is concluded.

Information taken from FTA – Freight Transport Association.


RTS will be sponsoring a Charity bike ride again this year for Mcdonalds RHM OXFORD BIKE RIDE 2017.

On the 3rd June 2017, a team from I & A Restaurants and members of the wider McDonald’s family will be setting off on their 3rd annual 300+ mile bike ride from the Ronald McDonald House in Oxford to a Ronald McDonald Houses in Holland, which is situated in Oxford’s twin city of Leiden.

They are joining together to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House in Oxford, an independent charity providing free ‘home away from home’ accommodation for families with sick children being treated at the John Radcliffe Hospital.  The house enables parents and siblings to stay close to a child whilst they are in hospital and maintain a degree of normal family life.


RTS will officially be sponsors of Bleakhill Rovers Rangers for 2017/18 season

For the start of next season, RTS are proud to announce they will officially be sponsoring the under 11’s football team Bleakhill Rovers Rangers for the 2017/18 season who play in the Warrington junior football league.

Photos of the team will be following in the coming months and we wish them all the success for this coming season.


Overloading of vehicles

Recent roadside inspections of light commercial vehicles (LCVs) carried out by the French authorities in the Greater Paris region earlier this month have revealed widespread breaches of legislation governing the sector.

Over a six-hour period, a total of 89 vehicles with a maximum payload of 3.5 tonnes were stopped and checked. Of these, 73 were found to be breaking the law – 47 for offences related to unfair competition, and 22 to overloading. 30 of the vehicles were foreign-registered.

The operation, which targeted nine ‘strategic’ locations around the French capital, was conducted within the framework of an 11-week campaign by the European Commission to monitor cabotage – in particular, the activities of LCVs.

Highway-specific offences led to on-the-spot fines totalling almost €5,000.

We would like to remind all our customers to not overload any vehicles, if you are unsure of any legal maximum weights for any vehicles please speak to your representative at Retail Transport Services.


A new toll for trucks and buses in Austria will include a surcharge for noise and harmful emissions.

As of January 2017, the truck and bus toll system in Austria will be rearranged. Instead of the previous four-stages bonus-malus system in line with the Euro emission classes, in future there will be only two basic kilometre rates (bonus for tariff group A – Euro VI and tariff group B – Euro 0-V and EEV), with additional external costs for noise and air pollution for the first time.

The tariff will in future be composed as follows: basic rate for infrastructure per kilometer depending on the tariff group (as previously differentiated by the number of axles), plus external costs for traffic-based noise and air pollution (by emission class and number of axles).