RHA highlights hard-Brexit bureaucracy

In the case of a no-deal Brexit, international hauliers are set to face more customs red tape according to the Road Haulage Association (RHA).

The warning comes after the publication of the technical notice, ‘Trading with the EU if there’s no Brexit deal’. The notice said that hauliers will be responsible for their own Safety and Security Declarations – a first time for the industry.

Under the new rules, operators will be required to submit an Exit Summary Declaration to the customs authority from where the consignment is being exported, as well as an Entry Summary Declaration to the receiving customs authority.

“This announcement is far too little and comes far too late,” said RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett. “Hauliers have been waiting for practical advice on the worst-case scenarios for many months, yet the government is leaving it to the eleventh hour giving businesses little time to prepare.”

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