UK Government Trader Support Service for Northern Ireland stretches credibility, warns RHA

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The UK’s Road Haulage Association (RHA) is wary of the British Government’s plan to spend up to £355m on a goods movement system into Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK.

From 1 January 2021, all goods entering Northern Ireland from Great Britain will need Customs declarations. This means that the Trader Support Service (TSS) will effectively see the government acting as a customs agent required as a consequence of the Northern Irish  element of the Brexit deal.

RHA Chief Executive, Richard Burnett commented: “Neither recruitment nor training are overnight processes. Businesses will also need to understand exactly what information they need to provide about the goods they will be importing. There are 101 working days left until 1 January 2021. The idea that such a system will be ready in time is stretching credibility.”