Western Morning News (Saturday) : 2021-02-06

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NEWS

How to avoid Are you fully prepared for transporti­ng your goods? Before you arrive at the border You can access informatio­n and support – as well as facilities such as Covid testing – for your upcoming journey at an IAS. Located at motorway service stations and truck stops across the UK, here you can: take a Covid test if they have testing facilities receive advice, available in 14 languages find out about the rules and documents needed to move goods between the UK and the EU complete a free border readiness check. You should also check if you need to visit an inland border facility. GREAT BRITAIN HAS CHANGED. HERE’S HOW UNNECESSAR­Y DELAYS ARE BEING AVOIDED Travelling to Northern Ireland ■ If you move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, there are specific actions you need to take. Here are some of the key things to check: Before travelling, you’ll need a safety and security (ENS) declaratio­n. You must have a valid XI EORI number. This is not the same as the GB EORI and a new registrati­on is required. All goods crossing from Great Britain to Northern Ireland using a Goods Vehicle Movement Service location will need a goods movement reference. Register for the Trader Support Service which provides free training and support for businesses, and can complete declaratio­ns on your behalf. ■ ■ ■ The UK has left the EU and the Brexit transition period has ended, meaning new rules for doing business with Europe are here. ■ ■ As businesses adapt to the new processes, keeping lorries moving across the border is critical. From checking the correct documents are in place before starting a journey, to securing a negative Covid test where required, a few simple steps will help minimise delays and keep trade flowing. Ian Uttley runs a fleet of trucks with his Leeds-based company Stagefreig­ht. As well as general haulage, the firm specialise­s in events – transporti­ng goods across the UK, Europe and beyond, for everything from music events to film sets. And as well as preparing for the end of the Brexit transition period last year, its usual work was hit by the pandemic. “We’re doing more general haulage now as a result,” says Ian, who says things so far have worked well, largely thanks to the government’s network of informatio­n and advice sites (IAS – see box, right). “The help we’ve had at the truck stops has been brilliant,” he says. “They’ve been our saving grace – we can get our paperwork checked and a Covid test in one place. If we’ve had things missing from the paperwork, they’ve even allowed clients to email extras over and printed it off.” Getting these issues sorted well before reaching Dover is crucial in helping things work efficientl­y, he adds: “We’ll choose an IAS that’s as far north as possible or close to clients. Ian and his team have also used the Government’s new inland border facili- ■ Travelling to or through the EU ■ ties (IBF). “Even before we left the EU, timings could be tight at Dover, but getting all this stuff done away from the port has kept us from delays,” he says. “Getting everything sorted in advance means our drivers are somewhere safe and comfortabl­e until everything is signed off, and by the time they get to Dover they’re waved right through.” With different rules in place for hauliers heading from Great Britain to Northern Ireland, Ian says he plans to visit an IAS to talk through the new rules. “I’ll go to one myself for advice because getting all this stuff cleared up in advance is a priority,” he says. In addition to the support available to hauliers when travelling, businesses and hauliers can keep up to date with the latest rules and guidance by using the wealth of informatio­n and resources at gov.uk/transition, including the Haulier Handbook. The new rules are now in force. Businesses must be prepared for new ways of trading to help avoid unnecessar­y disruption and ensure they can keep their goods moving. Several countries have introduced Covid-19 testing requiremen­ts for hauliers. The rules are different in each country, so check these before you travel and take the necessary action. You should have proof of an authorised negative Covid-19 test before arriving in Kent. Those who are using the Short Straits (Port of Dover or Eurotunnel) must use the Check an HGV is Ready to Cross the Border service to: get a Kent Access Permit ensure you have the correct EU import and export paperwork in order to cross the border between Great Britain and the EU via the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel. Do your goods need extra checks? Getting everything sorted in advance means our drivers are somewhere safe and comfortabl­e until everything is signed off, and by the time they get to Dover they’re waved right through ■ ■ IAN UTTLEY, STAGEFREIG­HT, LEEDS New rules now apply to business with Europe. Use the Brexit Checker Tool to get personalis­ed actions for your business at gov.uk/transition