A week after the end of the Brexit Transition period, Freight Transport Association Ireland has urged UK businesses to make sure that any goods sent to the Republic of Ireland will have the correct declarations paperwork. If not, the face potential delays on arrival at Dublin and other Irish ports.
Rte.ie quoted Aidan Flynn, FTA Ireland's general manager, as saying: "We are all facing new trading arrangements for the first time in 40 years and that situation poses issues for all of us.” He added that to ensure that goods continue to flow smoothly to and from the Republic, everyone in the supply chain must work together and allocate clear roles and responsibilities.
Flynn said that in the first week of the new trading relationship between the UK and Ireland, several loads bound for Dublin have been prevented from entering the country due to missing or incorrectly completed paperwork. Irish Customs has made a helpline available to those moving goods to and from Ireland to check that the processes have been followed correctly.
Channel hauliers face Covid tests 'until further notice'
Lorry drivers crossing the Channel will continue to need a recent negative Covid test result "until further notice", the UK government has said. Hauliers have been required to prove they have tested negative since the border with France reopened last month. The decision to continue testing comes from the French government, the Department for Transport said.
The decision comes as the introduction of new trading rules between the UK and European Union prompts disruption for some businesses and hauliers. Drivers and crew of heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), drivers of large goods vehicles (LGVs) and van drivers are advised to obtain a negative test before arriving in Kent or at other Channel crossing points.
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