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More details published on UK’s post-Brexit border plans

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Brexit pulse alert: respond to the business impacts of Brexit

8 October, 2020

Brexit development

On 8 October 2020, the UK government published its updated Border Operating Model. The document aims to provide further guidance regarding how the GB-EU border will operate post-transition, as well as what actions traders, hauliers and passengers need to take.

Top Brexit impacts

On 1 January 2021 the transition period will have come to an end. The UK will no longer be part of the EU Single Market or the Customs Union and free movement of people will end. Given this it will not be possible to continue moving goods into and out of Great Britain in the same way as before. All companies that transfer goods between Great Britain and the EU need to ensure they understand the actions required of them to allow these movements or sales to continue. Specifics on trade in, with and through Northern Ireland continue to be determined by the Joint Committee.

Actions for business

  • Ensure businesses have the correct processes and procedures in place to complete the necessary custom declarations, or that they have outsourced this to a competent vendor. The customs processes change regardless of whether a deal is reached, and the UK has phased in implementation - although the changes at the EU end take effect fully from 1 January 2021.
  • Businesses should update their policies and clearly communicate to staff that passports will be required to enter the UK. From October 2021 EU, EEA and Swiss national ID cards will no longer be sufficient. As these rules apply equally to drivers; companies may wish to check their suppliers are communicating the same message. 
  • Businesses should check whether they are reliant on heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) using the short strait channel crossings in Kent. If so, they should ensure a Kent Access Permit is applied for as soon as possible. 
  • Businesses operating within the customs intermediaries sector should consider their eligibility under the Customs Grant Scheme. The government has made available additional funding to support the industry with training, IT and recruitment.

To discuss specific support with your Brexit preparations based on this latest development contact: Deloitte Brexit Insight

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