Statement from FTA as HMRC announces phased approach for Entry Summary Declarations in the event of a no-deal Brexit
Tuesday 19 February 2019
Pauline Bastidon, FTA's Head of Global & European Policy, said:
"Today's HMRC announcement on the temporary waiver of security and safety declarations for post-Brexit logistics movements is a great response to FTA's campaigning over the past two years, and a positive step towards minimising disruptions on trade between the UK and EU and integrated supply chains after Brexit. However, it is imperative that the UK government maintains pressure on the EU to ensure that a similar waiver is adopted by the EU. To ensure that Britain can keep trading efficiently, it is vital that the European Commission and UK agree a longer term, more sustainable arrangement to remain in the same security zone, which would make safety and security declarations for UK-EU trade irrelevant. Above all, 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 as swiftly and efficiently as possible."