System designed for post-Brexit period

New Smart Freight system only ready to be rolled out from mid-December

According to a statement from the UK Department for Transport, the new Smart Freight system, designed for the post- Brexit period, will only be ready to be rolled out from the middle of December.

Earlier this month Cabinet minister Michael Gove said the government hoped that the Smart Freight system “will be fully ready by December 2020”. He said that the separate freight IT project, known as the Goods Vehicle Movement Service, should finish a “refining” process by 4 December.

However, Road Haulage Association chief executive Richard Burnett has stated that he was “concerned” about preparedness and whether new IT systems would work in time. “We’ve had no confirmation on when we will have access to these systems. We’ve been told December, but that gives us a very small window to get people trained.”

He said that, in a survey of 1,000 international members, 91% do not have clarity on the new border and customs systems that will be required from January next year.


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