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Prepare for clearance now, says Quality Freight chief

[ November 17, 2020   //   ]

Quality Freight managing director Sebastian Gardiner is urging importers and exporters to prepare robust customs clearance procedures ahead of 1 January to avoid unwanted delays. As the Brexit transition period ends, customs clearance for goods moving between the EU and UK will become mandatory, regardless of whether there is a deal or no-deal Brexit and businesses need to prepare.

Quality Freight is the forwarding and shipping arm of Peel Ports, owner of the ports of Liverpool, Heysham and Sheerness.

Gardiner said: “As Brexit negotiations continue, we still don’t know if the government will reach a final deal. However, what is certain is that customs clearance procedures are going to change. At Quality Freight, we’re set up for both eventualities and our intention is to continue to ensure the seamless movement of goods. 

He added: “It’s no surprise that all businesses will be impacted by the changes Brexit will bring, and it’ll be necessary for them to re-evaluate their business model, maybe using other ports across the country as regional gateways, to avoid costly delays and future proof their supply chains.

“To improve resilience ahead of Brexit, we have invested heavily at our Liverpool, Heysham and Sheerness ports to relieve pressure by ensuring they have the capacity to accommodate switch routes and modes.”

“We’ve also increased throughput capacity for HGV trailers, containers and storage to support smooth operations for our customers.”

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