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HM Customs service will need more resources post Brexit

Mar 26, 2017

The UK government will need to address key transport concerns to ensure Brexit is a success, says the Road Haulage Association (RHA).

RHA‘s Chief Executive Richard Burnett said, “We need to maintain fluidity through the ports for the trucks that provide a vital trade service. Should the UK exit the single market and the customs union, it is clear that HM Customs will need to have significantly greater resources than at present. We need to have the ability to clear customs without delay, 24/7. The customs resource, as it stands, quite simply would not be able to cope. We are calling on the government to establish a working group to scale up customs resources in time for Brexit. It should include representatives from the international freight industry to ensure confidence that we will be ready for the change.”

The RHA’s other key concern is to ensure that the industry retains the ability to bring workers in from abroad where they are needed. For example, around 60,000 foreign lorry drivers currently work in the UK and the industry would not function properly without them.

Photo: Richard Burnett

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