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NAO findings cast doubt on UK’s ability to cope with customs declarations post-Brexit PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 14 July 2017
Responding to today’s (Thursday) National Audit Office (NAO) report, which reveals there is a risk HMRC’s new Customs Declaration Service may not be ready by the time the UK is scheduled to leave the EU (March 2019), Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) National Chairman Mike Cherry, said:   “It’s extremely concerning that the UK’s new customs system may not be ready in time for Brexit, potentially resulting in massive delays to trade and leaving thousands of businesses in the lurch. 

“If the UK is to have a new customs arrangement in place by March 2019, this will result in a huge increase in the number of customs declarations at the border. Small businesses will be the most vulnerable to additional bureaucracy and delays if the new Customs Declaration Service is not fit for purpose or properly understood.

“We fully support the NAO’s recommendations that HMRC must swiftly identify the distinct needs of small businesses and that there must be a ‘Plan B’ if the new system is not ready to go live on time.”

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