UK trade after Brexit

The public accounts committee said the government has failed to demonstrate the economic benefits of its post-Brexit trade deals and it was doubtful that the government would hit its target of ensuring that 80% of UK trade was covered by a free trade deal by the end of 2022. The UK has signed just three

July UK border updates – consistent trade with the EU Bloc

The government, who would like your feedback on UK border controls, have announced an unexpected border easement, but another one that nearly a quarter of a million traders would welcome is unlikely to happen. Customs Declaration ServiceThe customs handling of import and export freight system (CHIEF) has been in use by HM Revenue and Customs

EU/UK border controls set for July put back again

The UK government has again delayed the introduction of further border controls on goods from the EU, due for implementation from July, pushing them back until the end of 2023, suggesting it did not want to add more costs at a time of fast-rising inflation. New import controls, including on EU food products, due to

Importers from EU risking fines and worse

The EU introduced full import controls at the end of the Brexit transition period, while the UK government has now delayed full import control four times, with concerns rising that UK importers are not making appropriate declarations, risking fines and penalties. The UK government’s own Public Accounts Committee officials warned months ago that much remains to

Third of businesses not prepared for EU customs changes

With the multiple transitions, extensions and grace periods granted by the government, to minimise the impact on supply chains, of cutting trade ties between the UK and EU, 30% of businesses were still ‘not at all prepared’ for customs controls, when they were reintroduced in January. Through 2021, for 12 months after the UK left

Post-Brexit changes and demand driving up customs brokerage costs

New post-Brexit customs rules mean extra processes around declaring goods, which is increasing demand for scarce brokerage resources and pushing up the price of imports to the UK. Despite the UK government investing over £700 million in border infrastructure and additional technology to monitor trade, importers are facing billions of pounds worth of additional costs after the

Brexit is causing ‘no trade issues’, despite evidence to the contrary

Jacob Rees-Mogg, the newly appointed Brexit secretary, says current supply chain disruptions are caused by the pandemic and not Brexit, despite disagreement from trade bodies, importers and exporters.  Mr Rees-Mogg has sparked controversy, after claiming that evidence shows Brexit-related impacts on trade drops were “few and far between”. The Brexit secretary’s comments came a week after a report by the

Fears grow over new post-Brexit border checks

Post-Brexit border checks have been introduced in stages since last January and the latest, which come into force in July, may cost UK companies millions of pounds, as widely reported in the national press. Full checks and controls on imports of live animals and food at the GB border – which had originally been due

Ports under post-Brexit pressure

The 1st January 2022 changes to UK border policies, with the imposition of customs declaration for imports from the EU, got off to the rockiest of starts when the new supporting IT system, the Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS), crashed on day one, with trucks stuck at Calais for four days. While HMRC were quick