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UK GOVERNMENT PLANNING INLAND SITES FOR BORDER CHECKS

At the end of 2020, the UK will end its transition period with the EU and officially cut ties with the union. There are still intense negotiations going on between both sides, but it’s been revealed that the government is intending to establish inland border checking sites for those bringing goods into the UK by road.

 

Up to ten new sites are expected to be created, the Guardian reported, with the aim to relieve congestion around ports such as Dover and Liverpool.

One council where planning for the infrastructure is already underway told the newspaper that these border check sites could be operational for up to two years.

Among the proposed sites is a second location in Ashford, Kent, as well as Ebbsfleet international station, also in Kent, North Weald airfield in Essex, and Warrington in Cheshire.

The details of the new border check sites were announced in the government’s substantial update to its border operating model, a document that hauliers both in the UK and elsewhere have been eagerly waiting for.

Speaking to the Institute of Export and International Trade, policy director at Logistics UK Elizabeth de Jong said that there needs to be greater detail about how goods will be able to travel across borders from the end of the year.

“We now want to see the same clarity and detailed information for the movement of goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, so that businesses can plan and logistics operators avoid delays,” she asserted.

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