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LONDON (Reuters) -Britain mentioned on Tuesday it was delaying the implementation of some post-Brexit import controls, the second time they’ve been pushed again, citing pressures on companies from the pandemic and international provide chain pressure.
Britain left the European Union’s single market on the finish of final yr however not like Brussels which launched border controls instantly, it staggered the introduction of import checks on items similar to meals to offer companies time to adapt.
Having already delayed the introduction of checks by six months from April 1, the federal government has now pushed the necessity for full customs declarations and controls again to Jan. 1, 2022. Security and safety declarations might be required from July 1 subsequent yr.
“We wish companies to deal with their restoration from the pandemic reasonably than need to take care of new necessities on the border, which is why we have set out a realistic new timetable for introducing full border controls,” Brexit minister David Frost mentioned.
“Companies will now have extra time to organize for these controls which might be phased in all through 2022.”
Business sources within the logistics and customs sector have additionally mentioned the federal government’s infrastructure was not able to impose full checks.
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