Government delays import border checks until October

International hauliers are breathing a sigh of relief after the government was forced to delay the introduction of border checks on imports until October.

With many of the key border control posts little more than holes in the ground and with mounting compliance pressure created by pandemic lockdowns and regulations across different European countries, cabinet office minister Michael Gove told the House of Commons it was introducing a “revised timetable” for controls.

He said: “Thanks to the hard work of traders and hauliers, we have not seen anything like the generalised disruption at our ports which many predicted, and supply chains have shown themselves to be robust.

“However, the government recognises the scale and significance of the challenges businesses have been facing in adjusting to the new requirements, at the same time as dealing with the impacts of Covid.”

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