Businesses are pragmatic but changes at customs can cause problems for business

11 Feb 2020

Published in: Black Country Chamber of Commerce News

Mr Gove confirmed that traders from both the EU and Britain would have to submit customs declarations and be liable to face goods' checks at the UK border.

Businesses will be cautious but pragmatic regarding the comments yesterday from the Duchy of Lancaster, Michael Gove. Speaking at an event hosted by the Government's Border Delivery Group, Mr Gove confirmed that traders from both the EU and Britain would have to submit customs declarations and be liable to face goods' checks at the UK border.

In the first official confirmation that the government is going to impose trade barriers post-Brexit, he warned there would be checks on food and goods of animal origin, plus customs declarations and mandatory safety and security certificates required for all imports.

Commenting on this announcement, Corin Crane, Chief Executive of the Black Country Chamber said: “Businesses are prepared to be pragmatic, but they need Government to move quickly if it intends to provide the vital infrastructure needed to meet the requirements of customs checks at borders.

“Many businesses here in the Black Country will be concerned about the impact of increased customs checks coming into force by January 1st, 2021, which could cause delays, impacting supply chains and the crucial just-in-time manufacturing in the regions automotive sector. Ten Months is not a long time for many businesses to firm up their supply chains or have the necessary staffing and infrastructure in place to handle any increased level of bureaucracy.

“Business can prepare for border controls by making sure they have an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number, and by looking into how they want to make declarations such as using a customs agent. We are also advising businesses to contact the Chamber’s International Trade Advisors and Export Documentation team to discuss how the Chamber can support their business in exporting goods overseas.”

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