In a perverse way, one has to admire the panache of the government. On the 23rd September, Michael Gove announced that there could be as many as 7.000 trucks held up at UK ports, waiting customs clearance. To put this into perspective, it represents roughly 64 football pitches or, looked at another way, a traffic queue 90 miles long. Mind you, as he said, it was only “an illustration” – it could be better or even worse, who knows?
To add insult to injury, the suggestion was that this would be as a consequence of a lack of preparedness on the part of the industry – nothing could be further from the truth. If only we could discover, from a reliable source, what was needed – it’s not for a lack of trying. Is there someone out there who could tell us what documents are required for the truck – to enjoy free circulation within the EU, as at present. Of equal importance, what customs documents need to be generated for the cargo – both export and import – who knows?
There is a magnum of champagne for the first person to give us a definitive, workable answer to both questions.