All traders will have to submit customs declarations and be liable to customs controls, regulatory standards and food safety regulations on cross channel ferries from January 2021, said the British Cabinet minister Michael Gove.

To be able to deal with the customs, the British government is building customs infrastructure, facilities and systems as well as training staff, agents and vets.

The UK will be outside the single market and outside the customs union, so we will have to be ready for the customs procedures and regulatory checks that will inevitably follow,” Reuters quotes Gove’s speech at a Border Delivery Group event on Monday.

The minister added that all UK exports and imports would be treated equally, with traders in Britain and the EU having to submit customs declarations and be liable to checks on goods.

Photo: UK Home Office/ Wikimedia Commons

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