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RHA to launch customs brokerage service

RHA has announced it is set to launch a new customs brokerage service on 1 January 2021.

The service is designed to smooth the transition for hauliers looking to cross the border into, and out of, the UK after it leaves the EU.

By initially connecting all 26 of the UK’s major ports, the service “will ensure that Ro-Ro declarations are completed in a way that suits operators and traders”.

Richard Burnett, chief executive at the RHA, said: “It’s all about taking the risk, the time demands and the general headache out of the new declarations process.  

“The RHA customs brokerage service will provide full support for RHA members, businesses, clients, and traders by ensuring they can keep goods moving while staying compliant in these challenging and unprecedented times.” 

HMRC has estimated a four-fold increase on customs transactions after Brexit, meaning thousands of extra customs brokers will be needed to meet the demand.

Meanwhile, the RHA has reported that almost two thirds of operators are not prepared for changes to customs. 

Burnett added: “We know that the haulage and logistics sector needs guidance as to the new processes. Many companies already work closely with their customs brokers and they will easily be able to adapt to the new regime. 

“But, following an extensive industry survey, we have established that over 63% of operators are unprepared for the customs changes.”

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