Russell Cowley presents at European Logistics Platform
On 1st June, 2016 EU policymakers and industry stakeholders came together to discuss the impact of the refugee crisis on transport and logistics at a European Logistics Platform (ELP) event held at European Parliament.
Russell Cowley, Group Transport Managing Director at Fullers Logistics and Managing Director at Clan International, was invited to present his views and experiences on the crisis.
Mitigating risk & sharing best practice
In a presentation focused on the practical impact of the refugee crisis Russell described the need for organisations consider diversification of their operations in order to guarantee the integrity of transported goods and the safety of truck drivers. "The heavy investment from companies like ours in elaborating security systems can only be one side of the coin. In order to tackle this situation in a sustainable way, we call strongly on all involved to share best practices and work together to find common solutions."
Since January 2015 there have been a number of notable events that have prevented crossings between Dover and Calais from taking place including ferry worker strikes, Channel Tunnel closures and Operation Stack. In addition, there have been several threats to the safety of truck drivers in Calais as ‘desperate migrants’ have attempted to board trucks.
Cost to the UK economy
The BSI 2015 Security Risk Index concludes that “a combination of strikes & migrant activity near the port and the channel tunnel entrance in Calais resulted in losses of approximately $1 billion (circa £660 million) for the economy of the United Kingdom.
What is the ELP?
The European Logistics Platform (ELP) has been created to bring together policy makers and industry stakeholders to collectively tackle the challenges of the logistics sector such as overstrained infrastructure, climate change, deployment of new technologies, risk management, trade barriers, customs processes and development of e-Commerce. To make sure that both policy maker and industry stakeholders have the opportunity to exchange views, the ELP organises at least four events per year.