Brexit delays and confusion causing logistics delays and headaches

The Channel ports may be quiet, but behind the scenes drivers are being held up for hours and even days because they lack the right documents. European carriers are suspending UK services and European located businesses have stopped serving UK markets. The end of the Brexit transition period came into effect on the 1st January,

The lull before the storm ends – European Overland and Customs Update Week 2

While reports of free-flowing freight traffic at Dover may suggest everything is hunky-dory in the nation’s supply chain, after the end of transition, the reality is that there are problems, delays and disruption, it’s just taking place elsewhere and disruption is imminent.  Dover’s quiet, not because post-transition processes work, but because just a fraction of

Custom’s accreditation changes

Internationally recognised as a mark of security and quality excellence, Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status is an independent endorsement that our international supply chain processes are secure and that our customs controls and procedures are efficient, effective and legally compliant. In June 2005 the World Customs Organisation (WCO) adopted the SAFE Framework of Standards to

New inland border facilities

As part of their preparation for the UK’s new EU trading relationship the government committed to build new inland border facilities, to carry out customs compliance, transit, and Sanitary and Phytosanitary checks, including one facility opened beside Metro’s midland freight hub.  Seven inland border facilities have been operational from the 31st December 2020, so that

Metro’s role in government border strategy

On the 17th December 2020 HM Government (HMG) released its 2025 Border Strategy document, which outlines its intentions for modernising the UK frontier and embraces many technologies and ideas pioneered by Metro. The 2025 UK Border Strategy sets out the government’s vision for the UK border to be the most effective in the world, with

Dover braces

Since the end of the Brexit transition period on New Year’s Eve, new customs paperwork is required for lorry drivers, that is in addition to the recent requirements imposed by France to have a negative Covid test result. However, so far things appear to have been running fairly smoothly at the Channel ports. The amount of

Finally; Brexit trade deal welcomed

The logistics industry has welcomed the signing of a Brexit trade deal between the UK and the EU. Running to 1246 pages the deal covers the rules relating to products which will allow them to be freely traded, and market access rules for air and road transport. The freight sector responded positively, with Logistics UK

Brexit politics round-up 10th December

As Boris’ dinner with Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission President, fails to end Brexit trade deadlock, the deadline for the end of the transition period is looming, and it’s looking likely that any deal needs to be struck by Sunday, or the UK is leaving the EU without one. Despite the Prime Minister sending

Tariff code continuity post-transition is good news

The Department for International Trade has confirmed that current commodity codes will continue to be used for trade between Great Britain and the EU, when transition ends on 31st December and the UK has left the Single Market and EU Customs Code. From the start of 2021, the UK will apply a new tariff to imported goods when