Hauliers and forwarders believe that in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the UK government’s simplified customs process will make no difference to the threat of delays at the Dover crossing.
HMRC noted yesterday that its Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP) for customs “will make importing easier for an initial period of one year, should we leave the EU without a deal, to allow businesses time to prepare for usual import processes”.
It said: “Once businesses are registered for TSP, they will be able to transport goods from the EU into the UK without having to make a full customs declaration at the border, and will be able to postpone paying any import duties.”
But the Road Haulage Association (RHA) said it was “not enough”.
Chief executive Richard Burnett said: “It appears a positive step, but the sheer scale of the issue means there is simply not enough time for businesses to get ready to leave the EU.
“This is just one part of the Brexit jigsaw, with the French having still not defined their export process.
“How on earth can businesses make the necessary arrangements and plan for the future when still in the dark as to how the processes on both sides of the Channel will work?”