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RHA Updates UK-EU Border Checklist

The Road Haulage Association has updated its checklist, which highlights responsibilities for border crossing paperwork when the UK’s transition agreement with the EU ends on December 31, 2020

Published on October 26, 2020

Port of Dover Port of Dover. Photo (cropped) by Piotr Kuczynski

In anticipation of substantial changes at the UK-EU border, which are due to come into force when the transition agreement ends on December 31, 2020, the Road Haulage Association (RHA) has updated its border checklist, to help logistics firms and exporters to understand responsibilities when it comes to border crossing paperwork.

Outlining the new rules, RHA explain that "The UK will come out of transition at 23:00 31 December 2020 (GMT). Importers, Exporters and transport businesses must prepare in advance. Failure to do so will result in lorries being prevented from crossing the border. All lorries must have complete documentation for all shipments before lorries will be permitted to board ferries or trains. This will be the case with or without a "deal", customs controls will apply between GB and the EU from 1 January 2021."

The RHA's UK-EU border operator checklist is designed to help logistics firms and import/export businesses to understand who is responsible for different aspects of the required documentation for a border crossing. The checklist explains the different stages of the border crossing, when businesses should act, what action is recommended, and who should be responsible for each action, and provides additional notes and links on those stages.

You can see the latest RHA border checklist by going to www.rha.uk.net.

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