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FTA responds to British customs plan for post-Brexit waiver declarations


Britain's Freight Trade Association (FTA) issued a statement on British customs' plan for a temporary waiver of security and safety declarations on UK post-Brexit shipments, reported London's Air Cargo News.
Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has confirmed plans to phase in the pre-arrival forms known as Entry Summary Declarations for EU imports, should Britain quit the EU without a deal.
Said FTA European policy chief Pauline Bastidon: "It is imperative that the UK government maintains pressure on the EU to ensure that a similar waiver is adopted by the EU.
"It is vital that the UK's supply chain remains as frictionless as possible - British business needs to be confident that goods and materials will continue to transit the nation's borders swiftly and efficiently," she said.
HMRC noted that officials had held a series of meetings with organisations who represent the haulage industry and handle a significant portion of the UK's cross-border trade (some of it in the form of road feeder services moving to and from airports), to confirm that, from March 29 - the current provisional date of Brexit - the status quo will be temporarily maintained as they will not need to submit Entry Summary Declarations on imports for a period of six months.
Currently, Entry Summary Declarations are not required when importing goods from the EU. They will continue to apply for trade from the rest of the world.
The measure is designed to give British business more time to prepare for changes to EU-UK trade arrangements in the event that the UK leaves without a deal.

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