Brexit nightmare: Lorries stuck at UK border as IT failure sparks chaos

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New Brexit regulations introduced on January 1, 2022, have already caused major disruption for companies attempting to move goods into the UK. Imports from the EU must now be processed through the UK Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS).

Some lorries have been stuck at the border for days, according to PoliticsHome.

Under the GVMS system, drivers must submit information about the goods they are transporting from the EU in return for a reference code.

Issues have been caused by drivers failing to upload the required information or by them having their codes rejected by the new IT system.

Japanese automaker Honda is among the companies facing delays due to the new system.

But it expressed hope that these were simply short-term issues that would soon be cleared up.

In a statement, quoted in Bloomberg, it said: “Some teething problems are not unexpected as the UK’s new customs systems come online.

“We are currently looking into the details behind this.”

Another business, Angelos Panayiotou’s Windfall Logistics, was less positive.

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The company has hit problems while attempting to move Arizona Iced Tea, stocked in Tesco supermarkets, into the UK.

Mr Panayiotou told Bloomberg: “There’s no-one to go to help.

“You’ve just got drivers stuck at the port, unable to move.”

Logistics boss Jon Swallow told PoliticsHome one of his HGVs had been stuck at France’s Dunkirk Port for three days as of Wednesday morning.

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He, like Mr Panayiotou, claimed the problem went further than simply “user error” and included a lack of proper communication.

He said: “The delay isn’t the most frustrating thing. The frustration is that is nobody can tell us what the problem is.

“We are asking technical questions, which at the moment they don’t have the answer to.”

Mr Swallow added that the problem could amount to “hundreds to thousands lost earnings”.

The Government, however, has downplayed the problem.

HM Revenue & Customs claimed it was only aware of a “small amount of issues”.

In a statement, quoted in the Times, it said: “We are aware of a small amount of issues with some of the new processes as traders and hauliers adjust to the new controls.

“HMRC continues to undertake a wide variety of engagement activity with hauliers and traders to ensure they understand the new obligations.”

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