UK forwarders and Customs team up to monitor Brexit


The impact of Brexit on Customs clearance will be assessed by a high level committee of government and private executives to mitigate and address any potential fallout as the United Kingdom moves closer to its exit from the European Union.

Peter Macswiney, Chairman of forwarding solutions provider, Agency Sector Management and Aaron Dunne, trade and Customs cooperation at Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will co- chair the customs Brexit group.

The Customs joint consultative committee think tank includes representatives mostly impacted by Brexit, subject matter expert and representatives from other UK government departments.

“Trade facilitation must be an integral component of government planning and all Brexit negotiations. Any possible reintroduction of customs declaration requirement and frontier controls could cause major disruptions at the border particularly at the UK’s ferry roll -on roll-off port and the channel tunnel, said Macswiney.

HM’s Revenue and Customs will give Brexit process updates during the meetings, which will take place six times a year and members will discuss specific issues with a focus on developing strategic Brexit policy.

Macswiney said moving forward demanded the involvement of all parties to ensure discussions were comprehensive and agreement was universal.

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