The Telegraph: ’Britain heading for Brexit ‘customs chaos’

The Telegraph today, Concerns raised over new IT system designed to help goods flow across borders.

The head of the Government’s own expert customs panel has warned of looming chaos at ports after the “amateurish” handling of a new IT system.

The Goods Vehicle Movement Service is intended to help goods flow across Britain’s borders and cut queues.

Industry groups said they were only notified about the system in the past fortnight. Unlike France, the UK has still not tested its new customs system.

Peter MacSwiney, chairman of the HMRC-sponsored joint customs consultative committee, said businesses were already re-routing out of Britain to avoid what they expect will be carnage from January, when the UK leaves the single market and customs union.

“The GVMS relies on a flow of data that we don’t have,” he said. “It’s been devised without any thought of how things actually work in the real world. How the hell is the driver going to know what the customs entry is? It’s amateurish.”

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Source: TheTelegraph