To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what additional support will be provided to haulage and logistics companies who are unable to find a customs and brokerage service by 1 January 2021.
The UK Government's priority during the transition period is supporting traders and the border industry, including hauliers and logistics companies, to understand what actions they need to take to be ready for the end of the transition period.
The UK has a well-established customs intermediaries sector. The sector is varied and consists of a number of different business models, including specific customs agents, freight forwarders and fast parcel operators. Government support of up to £84 million has been designed to meet the needs of the sector to build capacity flexibly by covering training and IT, as well as recruitment.
For companies moving goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and importing goods into Northern Ireland from the Rest of the World, the Government has set up the Trader Support Service. It will provide education and guidance to traders and submit declarations on their behalf.