New Brexit border checks have been announced that will significantly slow food and drink and many more essentials of hospitality coming into the UK.
UK exporters of hospitality goods to Europe will also be impacted.
The government has announced its long overdue update on the Brexit border plan detailing as many as 10 new inland border sites.
The new sites will be created to cope with border checks, and the anticipated congestion Brexit will cause to goods in transit.
Some border check locations have already been confirmed, including…
- Epping Forest
- Thames Gateway
The inland border sites are being set up to ease the anticipated bottlenecks at ports including Dover in the south and Liverpool in the north. They are set to be in place for up to two years, as information from local authorities show the planning processes for them have already started.
There will be various new rules for border controls on goods being transported, existing EU member state national ID cards will be no longer accepted in 2021, and next year passports for drivers also become binding for UK entry.
Road hauliers will be required to hold a ‘Kent access permit’ for access to get into England, these will be mandatory to travel on ferries in Dover, and on Eurotunnel trains in Folkestone.
For many hospitality businesses, this is yet another headache to deal with that will impact many already in much difficulty.
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