RHA launches new customs brokerage service for international hauliers

Peterborough, UK: The Road Haulage Association has launched the RHA Customs Brokerage service to help international hauliers cope with the added paperwork when the Brexit transition period ends.

RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said: “We know that the haulage and logistics sector needs guidance as to the new processes. Many companies already work closely with their customs brokers and they will easily be able to adapt to the new regime. But following an extensive industry survey, we have established that over 63% of operators are unprepared for the customs changes.”

HMRC estimates that the current 50m annual transactions will increase to well over 200m, including the 20m needed to service the Irish protocol once the UK leaves the EU. Thousands of extra customs brokers will be needed to meet the demand but suitable candidates need to be recruited and trained. It’ll be a long process and time is incredibly tight, says Burnett.

“The massive shortfall of customs agents means that there is definitely a need for operational guidance and practical customs solutions. The expertise of our policy department combined with our extensive experience of the many customs procedures will ensure that the RHA Customs Brokerage service will be a best practice and industry-leading customs solution,” adds Burnett.

Initially focusing on ro-ro traffic, the RHA Customs Brokerage service will be electronically connected to all 26 major UK ports and will ensure that ro-ro declarations can be completed in a way that suits operators and traders.

“It’s all about taking the risk, the time demands and the general headache out of the new declarations process. The RHA Customs Brokerage service will provide full support for RHA members, businesses, clients, and traders by ensuring they can keep goods moving while staying compliant in these challenging and unprecedented times.”

The RHA Customs Brokerage Service goes ‘live’ on 1 January 2021. However, the on-boarding sign up process begins on 1 November 2020.

For more information visit: rhacustoms.co.uk or email customs@rha.uk.net

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