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Port of Tilbury among others could wave security checks for EU Goods

Port of Tilbury among others could wave security checks for EU Goods

Goods shipped to the UK from the EU will be waved through security checks which will include the Port of Tilbury if a no-deal Brexit is to take place in an effort to avoid huge delays at security – this is according to HMRC.

Officials from HM Revenue and Customs released a statement stipulating that “for a temporary period” that “most” of the shipments entering the country will have immediate access before even informing officials they have arrived.

Anyone exporting would have up to 24 hours to declare their goods through an electronic registration system. A few months ago HMRC gave a similar warning, covering the details of a post-Brexit customs system that wouldn’t function properly for the first 2 years if the UK leaves the EU under no-deal terms.

Chief of HMRC, John Thompson spoke with MPs last year, mentioning a choice that will need to be made – depending on whether they wish to keep trade flowing, ensure security standards at borders are maintained or collect revenues.

Insiders of the discussion mentioned how important HMRC expressed it is to keep trade flowing and avoid any risks of major build-ups at ports like Tilbury and Dover as well as the Eurotunnel terminals.

Insiders said it appeared that HMRC had decided it was essential to keep trade moving rather than risk huge queues on the way to ports such as Dover or at Eurotunnel terminals.

Many drivers have found frustration with how little guidance has been provided by HMRC and Government officials with further detail on how the customs system would function in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The “updated guidance” gave a warning to anyone looking for import into Brexit Britain that a customs form would need to be completed before travelling and checking goods onto a train or ferry on Europe’s side.

The guidance also stipulated: “For a temporary period, HMRC will allow most goods moving from the listed roll on roll off locations to leave the UK port or train station before you’ve told us that the goods have arrived.”

For ferry operators as well as Eurotunnel, they have received orders from officials to have “reasonable belief” that those looking to travel have made acceptable customs declarations when looking to move goods from the EU to the UK, which could have implications for locations such as the Port of Tilbury.