Government signs fresh Brexit ferry contracts

The Government has signed fresh contracts with ferry companies to keep supplies of medicines and other vital goods on the move in the event of disruption to ports after Brexit, according to a report in The Guardian newspaper. The deals with Brittany Ferries, DFDS, P&O European Ferries and Stena Line are worth almost £87 million and will concentrate on ports that are less likely to be hit by congestion – ... [+]

Get Brexit-ready with CILT

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport is offering Brexit-readiness training including a series of workshops and television training sessions. It includes the Customs impact, helping transport businesses to understand the impact of Brexit on goods travelling into and out of the EU and understanding ... [+]

Johnson’s Ireland plan is a dead duck, says Tudor boss

Boris Johnson’s proposals for replacing the so-called Irish backstop was never likely to be agreed by the EU, said director of Leeds-based Tudor International Freight, Adam Johnson, following reports that the bloc had rejected the government’s alternative framework. He explained the backstop was the element of ... [+]

Geodis tests out no deal technology

Freight forwarder Geodis is carrying out dry runs organized by French Customs to test the future customs arrangements in the event of a no-deal Brexit in partnership with French chemical firm Arkema. Since September, French Customs have been organizing a series of full-scale simulations with all ... [+]

‘No backstop necessary’ says new tech consortium

A British consortium has launched a new system that it says will create a seamless digital border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. ELAND, which has been set up by former British military, technology specialists and hauliers, says it can build a totally secure freight ... [+]

Boris proposes all-island regulatory zone-updated

PM proposes all-island customs zone British Prime Minister Boris Johson is suggesting an "all-island regulatory zone" with Northern Ireland following EU rules for trade in goods in his bit to break the impasse over Brexit, the BBC reports. Checks and controls on goods entering Northern Ireland from ... [+]

Ulster to stay in Single Market for food and industrial products?

Fine Gael senator Neale Richmond has told the BBC’s Today programme that under the PM's Brexit plans, Northern Ireland would remain in the EU single market for agri-food and industrial products, for four years. However, there would still be "additional checks" on the island of ... [+]

More funds for customs decs

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is to provide a further £10 million in grants for customs agents and intermediaries to build capacity in managing declarations. It follows the £5 million made available from December 2018 and £16 million in September 2019 to build capacity ahead of, ... [+]

Vartan helps Peel achieve AEO status

Felixstowe-based compliance specialist VARTAN Consultancy says it has successfully worked with Peel Ports Group to secure Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status across its five-strong UK port network. AEO certification brings a range of benefits including a reduced risk score with HMRC, fewer physical and document-based controls, ... [+]

UK government ‘planning string of Irish border posts’

The UK government is planning to set up a network of inland clearance sites close to but not on the Northern/Ireland border says the EUObserver website, quoting a report by the Irish broadcaster RTE. The RTE says the suggestion is contained in a leaked “informal ... [+]