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Brexit poses customs conundrum says ports chief

[ January 20, 2017   //   ]

British Ports Association’ chief executive Richard Ballantyne says that the Prime Minister’s Brexit speech this week raises major questions over the customs implications for the industry.

He said: “We look forward to holding discussions with the government to understand its post Brexit vision and how customs procedures might be best managed at ports. With the Prime Minister indicating that the UK will be leaving the Single Market, the issues and implications of this for UK ports are centre around increased Government border activities which could lead to disruption on goods and logistics flows at ports. We will be discussing with government how the re-introduction of customs and VAT declaration requirements on intra EU routes can be best managed at the border.”

He welcomed indications from the PM that the UK would look to negotiate a deal that would allow a future free trade agreement with the EU.”