A tech solution to smooth post-Brexit friction at UK borders
Sealed-at-source cargo tied into a single trade window (STW) tracking platform offers GB customs authorities “a clear opportunity” to reduce post-Brexit border friction.
INDUSTRY NEWS: A tech solution to smooth post-Brexit friction at UK borders.
Thursday, 21st April 2022
“It will be a huge benefit to logistics and will open the door for more companies, as the costs and associated delays of doing business will be reduced substantially because this system maintains security and compliance while speeding up rather than slowing flows.”
Mr Dunsmuiralso told The Loadstar he rejected notions that the UK government had trivialised Brexit and was not taking the changes seriously.
“The government is having to educate an entire industry on new processes and ways of doing business they have never experienced,” he said. “There is a heck of a lot to communicate, and it is all fairly complex, particularly for UK road freight operators, many of which are European with English as a second language.”
He pointed to seminars, round tables and summaries put on by a host of government departments, including Defra and HMRC, as indicative of dedication.
However, multiple sources have also told The Loadstar they condemned the government’s approach to Brexit, pointing to the increasingly complex and apparently worsening situations at the border.
Mr Dunsmuir acknowledged that it may “appear to be getting stickier” , but noted that this could stem from the way government has sought to bring in changes. He said phasing-in requirements, rather than introducing them all at once was seen as a means for averting a major financial shock for the country, while allowing traders to acclimatise to the changes that were coming in, with new checks due in July, September, and November.
“What they have attempted is to maintain compliance but with the lightest touches of intervention,” he added.
“No doubt businesses will be caught out in July, but the real way forward is to stick with this approach without introducing legislation or anything that causes blockages, because Brexit was meant to be about strengthening the economy.”
By Alex Whiteman
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