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Portico strengthens customs team

[ October 1, 2020   //   ]

Portsmouth stevedore Portico has recruited 17 additional staff in preparation for the end of the Brexit transition period on 1 January. Able to clear goods at any UK port or airport, Portico customs is fully accredited and authorised by the government, this means they can process paperwork faster, benefit from priority clearance, and means a lower risk score, which may reduce the number of checks customs carry out on documents and goods.

Portico customs agency manager Daphne Comber (pictured), said: “Businesses might have to face dealing with custom declarations for the first time. It can be a daunting and complicated process, fortunately we handle thousands of customs declarations, and have the right systems to talk to HMRC to make sure goods reach their destination without delay.”

Changes to import and export processes will take place over six months from 1 January to give businesses time to adjust. Full customs declarations at first, followed by pre-notification and health documentation for goods of animal origin and regulated plants in April, with physical checks taking place at UK point of entry border control posts in July.