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Fuel duty named as Pall-Ex members’ biggest bugbear

Member hauliers of Pall-Ex, the European palletised freight specialist, have overwhelmingly railed against the rising costs of fuel as a major sticking point for the logistics industry.

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In a survey that the network issued to each of its UK members, every response but one highlighted fuel costs as the first area they would like to see addressed in 2014 – which CEO Hilary Devey has branded “crucial”.

Every business that responded also said that they did not think the Government does enough to support the logistics industry, and undervalues its role in the economy.

The current Fuel Duty rate of 58p per litre represents a significant bulk in the costs of running a haulage business, with diesel for some costing up to £450 per lorry every day.

“I’m not at all surprised that fuel came up as such a major sticking point for our members,” Hilary commented.

“Transport is the foundation of a strong infrastructure. Whether personal journeys or commercial haulage, road transport leads to more money spent elsewhere in the economy. If the costs of products and services are reduced as a result of cheaper transport, the economic benefits are enhanced.

“Meanwhile, if those transport businesses that are in a tight spot now were given a break by way of a reduction in fuel costs, then their survival and the employment of their workers is good news for both the national and regional economies, and the logistics sector as a whole. So why must we all pay such extortionate amounts?”

Pall-Ex believes its members’ concerns are mirrored by the national transport sector, and that the rising cost of fuel is an unnecessary strangulation on the growth of both the industry and the economy.

The network plans to carry out regular surveys on behalf of its membership in order to strengthen its service and address industry-wide issues.

Pall-Ex

www.pallex.com

Article source: http://warehousenews.co.uk/2014/02/fuel-duty-named-as-pall-ex-members-biggest-bugbear/