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Carriers struggling with red tape caused by Brexit

On the approach into Dover, there are queues of lorries stretching back for miles. They're being held along the access road to avoid congesting the town, as they wait to board ferries across the Channel. While queues are not uncommon close to Britain's main trading hub with the EU, but they've been really long in recent weeks. One month after more post-Brexit border bureaucracy came into force, many businesses, smaller ones especially, are struggling.

What's been causing the lorry queues at Dover? The drivers blame cancelled ferry crossings, as there are temporarily fewer ferries in operation than normal. But they also cite the post-Brexit rules that now govern their working lives.

Last year, which was Britain's first outside the EU single market and customs union, companies had 60 days to fill in UK customs documents after exporting goods to the EU. But since 1 January, those forms have to completed in full, before lorries and vans can board ferries heading for Europe every day. Thousands of drivers need to get these documents looked at and this is taking time.

All businesses bringing goods into the country from Europe have been dealing with new bureaucracy over the last few weeks. However, later in the year, most of the imported food products will need to be physically inspected when they arrive in the UK as well.


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