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IRC briefing: The UK post-EU

On 25 February, the IRC will be hosting a half-day online business briefing covering the questions raised following the departure of the UK from the EU and how the industry is reacting to the new trading relationship with the block. This will be an opportunity to hear from UK and international experts on how new solutions are being developed to solve some of the challenges facing the food and drink logistics industry serving UK and EU customers.

The briefing will be partly dedicated to various aspects of refrigerated transport with Gérald Cavalier of Cemafroid covering the technologies currently underpinning the sector along with future developments which are in the pipeline. This will be followed by a presentation from Cambridge Refrigeration Technology on the requirements of ATP and how the regulations can help to smooth the traffic of goods between the UK and the EU. The science of food storage will be the focus of a presentation delivered by Judith Evans from the London South Bank opportunity which will explore the food spoilage mechanisms and how this affects perishable goods while also considering new ways to manage the process more effectively.

One of the country’s most vital and topical issues, vaccination transportation, will be covered by Philip Greening of Heriot Watt University. His talk on pharmaceutical transport and storage including vaccines will explain how the tight constraints on temperature required for transport of some pharmaceuticals are achieved. The presentation will also explore the options and consequences of shipping sensitive drugs through the new regime.

Shane Brennan of the Cold Chain Federation will explain practical economic and legal hurdles faced by the industry as well as the additional requirements being imposed and which further steps need to be taken to ease the situation. Challenges linked to current emission limits and the effect of maintaining a refrigerated vehicle at temperature in a holding park will be at the centre of a talk delivered by Brian Robinson of Low CVP Partnership.

The business briefing will also be a chance to look at the opportunities available since the UK’s departure from the EU with a talk from the Cold Chain Federation featuring the opportunities that are emerging and a discussion on ways in which hauliers can take advantage of them.

Participants can register to book their place at ior.org.uk/events. Places cost £42 (inc VAT).

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