UK hauliers count cost of blockade
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• International members of the Road Haulage Association and the Freight Transport Association are still owed around £1.5m following last year's French blockade.
With no sign of the quick payments promised by the French government to the Department of Transport, the associations are becoming increasingly impatient. "Once again we gave the French the benefit of the doubt and we are now just seeing obstruction and procrastination," says the FTA.
RHA members are owed up to £700,000; FTA members are believed to be owed a little more than that.
Many claims have been sent back by French local government offices demanding more details from hauliers—contrary to December's agreement.
Earlier this month Ely-based UK European Transport said the French and Spanish strikes had cost it £60,000 and forced it into voluntary liquidation (CM 27 March-2 April).
Tibbett & Britten's French companies, which are unable to claim compensation, also lost £200,000 profit because of the blockade.