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Ironing out bugs in post-Brexit UK-EU software looms as concern

BRITISH plans for border controls post Brexit will rely on an IT system to cope with the extra burdens businesses will face from January 1, reports Bloomberg

22 July 2020 - 19:00

BRITISH plans for border controls post Brexit will rely on an IT system to cope with the extra burdens businesses will face from January 1, reports Bloomberg.

The blueprint document, 'The Border With The European Union' details restrictions truckers 'will encounter, including requirement to seek permission before moving goods to ports'.



The IT system, Goods Vehicle Movement Service, will tell a truckers whether it has clearances for the EU. But the system will not be ready until July next year.



Commenting on the Border Operating Model, Robert Keen, director general of the British International Freight Association (BIFA) said he is keeping fingers crossed the cross-border trade between the UK and EU, will have enough time to make the necessary preparations.



Mr Keen said that the information contained in the documentation suggests a more cohesive approach to managing the UK's trade flows and regulatory procedures with the EU.



'Today's announcement makes it very clear that importers/exporters, in particular those that have previously only traded with the EU; really need to consider what they need to do, collect data, appoint someone to act on their behalf and give the intermediary the necessary information.



'Government appears to have woken up to the fact that Customs procedures are complicated and are not simply about ticking a few boxes.



'Perhaps it is evidence that the freight forwarding sector, which manages many of those Customs procedures, is finally getting some welcome recognition from government for its crucial role in the UK's international trade,' he said.


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