Warning over paperwork for lorries heading to…

Warning over paperwork for lorries heading to Hull ports
2020-12-07 18:48:00
Hauliers are being encouraged not to send lorries to the port of Hull without the correct new-look customs paperwork from next month. City councillors were told today advice from the government had been issued ahead of the end of the post-Brexit transition period on January 1. New border checks for imports and exports will come into force then irrespective of whether the UK and the European Union agree on a deal covering post-Brexit trade arrangements. They will replace more than three decades of frictionless border trading between the UK and the continent. A £12m contract to build new border control facilities at Hull's King George Dock and the Humber Sea Terminal in Killingholme has recently been advertised by Associated British Ports. To get the Hull Live headlines every day, simply pop your email address into the sign-up box just beneath the picture at the top of this article. Billed by some as 'Brexit lorry parks', they will be be designed to ease potential congestion at the two ports where around 150 million kilos of imported food from the EU is handled every year. Food imports from the EU will be subject to new border checks from next year (Image: PA) The new facilities are scheduled to be ready by next summer when physical checks and inspections will start as part of a phased introducton of the trading controls. Initially, hauliers will be expected to use a new computerised system of certification being introduced by the government. Speaking at a city council scrutiny meeting, the authority's assistant director for streetscene services Andy Burton said: “The government is encouraging people not to travel to the docks if they have not got the right paperwork. “The haulage industry is being advised to adopt this approach as a way of avoiding potential congestion.” Mr Burton said council officials and members of the emergency planning body the Humber Local Resilence Forum were due to meet counterparts from the UK Border Force Agency later this week for an update on issues around the end of the transition period. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now Although some potential delays at the Humber ports are anticipated over the new border operating model, most of the national focus in recent months has been on what is expected to be much greater disruption at the Channel ports. A number of so-called inland border posts are being built away

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