Brexit freight system ‘might be prepared on time’

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The authorities has denied claims {that a} new freight administration system won’t be prepared when the EU transition interval ends.

The system is seen as very important for stopping delays when post-Brexit freight preparations come into place on 1 January.

One trade physique had expressed concern that solely a beta – or check – model could be accessible.

But the federal government insists it’s a absolutely operational digital service.

The so-called Smart Freight system ensures that vehicles are carrying the proper documentation earlier than they travel to ports.

The new system is designed to cut back delays at ports, and to higher handle visitors into Dover and queues of lorries increase alongside the M2 and M20 motorways in Kent.

Truck drivers may face a superb in the event that they arrive at ports with out the correct documentation, however the authorities insists this might be a final resort, and pointless in the event that they observe the rules.

Logistics UK, which represents freight companies, mentioned it was knowledgeable by authorities officers on Monday {that a} beta – or check – model could be accessible in December, however wouldn’t be absolutely operational till April.

In a press release, the Director of Policy at Logistics UK Elizabeth de Jong mentioned it was unacceptable and a “massive blow to UK businesses and the economy”.

But the federal government now says “beta” is an ordinary labelling apply for a digital service that’s absolutely operational, and that it has reassured trade that Smart Freight might be operational by December.