International operators could face Brexit affects

International operators will be hit with new red tape as they become ‘carriers’ of goods in ‘no-deal’ Brexit plans announced by the government.

The ‘Trading with the EU if there’s no Brexit deal’ technical notice says that hauliers would be responsible for their own Safety and Security Declarations – a new move for the industry.

The announcement comes nearly two years after the Road Haulage Association began asking the government to set out its contingencies for a ‘no-deal’ Brexit.

The government advises that operators would be required to submit two types of Safety and Security Declarations. The first is an Exit Summary Declaration (EXS) to the customs authority from which the consignment is being exported. Second is the Entry Summary Declaration (ENS) to the customs authority that the consignment is entering.

RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett said, ‘This announcement is far too little and comes far too late. Hauliers have been waiting for practical advice on the worst-case scenarios for many months, yet the government is leaving it to the eleventh hour giving businesses little time to prepare.’