Fri. Mar 5th, 2021

A survey of worldwide hauliers has discovered the quantity of exports travelling from British ports to the EU fell 68 per cent final month in contrast to the identical interval final 12 months.

The analysis by the Road Haulage Association (RHA) prompted it to write to Cabinet Minister Michael Gove to name for help, notably with growing the variety of customs brokers from 10,000 to 50,0000 to assist companies with additional post-Brexit paperwork.

Chief govt Richard Burnett instructed The Observer that the RHA had additionally discovered 65-75 per cent of autos arriving from the EU have been returning to the bloc empty due to an absence of products, hold-ups within the UK and since British firms had halted exports to the continent.

Mr Burnett stated he discovered it “deeply frustrating and annoying that ministers have chosen not to listen to the industry and experts”, who’ve constantly referred to as for higher session by Government.

He stated Mr Gove had not responded in writing “pretty much every time we have written over the last six months”.

“He tends to get officials to start working on things. But the responses are a complete waste of time because they don’t listen to what the issues were that we raised in the first place,” Mr Burnett stated.

The Government supplied a six-month grace interval following Brexit, permitting the suspension of the complete vary of bodily checks on imports till July.

On Thursday, former Tory chancellor Lord Lamont warned pink tape linked to the Brexit deal had rendered most enterprise between Britain and Northern Ireland uneconomic.

Two weeks earlier, the RHA stated a 12-month grace interval and pressing monetary assist have been wanted to iron out issues with the post-Brexit Irish Sea commerce border.

The UK Government insisted “goods are flowing effectively” between Britain and Northern Ireland.

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But Mr Burnett stated on January 20: “This is a monetary precipice haemorrhaging cash.

“There needs to be financial intervention immediately.”

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