According to the British Retail Consortium (BRC) goods being imported into the UK could get stuck at ports and other points of entry for up to 3 days if there isn’t a proper customs agreement with the EU.
European supply chains are a key part in delivering the products we buy everyday. The majority of those goods are ones that need to be transported quickly, particularly food. This means we need a system of controls after Brexit that ensures that goods can continue to be imported without delays, disruption or additional costs, which would affect availability on the shelves, increase waste and push prices up.
The role of haulage in transporting goods across customs borders should not be underestimated. To reduce further delays, the UK and EU will need to strike deals on the movement of trucks or lorries, vehicle registration, and the ability of drivers who are EU nationals to drive vehicles into the UK and vice versa if a customs border is created between them at some point a er 2019.
Ensuring UK and EU ports are ready for a new customs system is also key. In the UK, investment is needed in port capacity, roads, warehouses, and IT systems to ensure the new Customs Declaration System (CDS) is ready for the challenge in 2019. A more integrated approach by different agencies to customs and other regulatory controls should be introduced.
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