97% of UK hauliers are not ready for 1 January 2021

Posted by AndrewT on 22nd Dec 2020

A recent survey conducted early December with 6,000 hauliers revealed just 3% are totally prepared for new UK-EU trading arrangements. 84% require more clarity on border legislation changes and two thirds are unprepared to present the required Safety and Security Declarations as they assumed these documents were the responsibility of the exporter or importer instead of the haulier or courier. Only 12% of respondents stated that they’re sufficiently prepared, with 9% of these stating that they have invested heavily to ensure all is in place and understood. Whilst just 13% of haulage respondents have trained their hauliers and couriers to fill in the Safety and Security Declarations themselves and 9% have implemented technology software to meet the new requirements. Asked what their company needs to make the Brexit transition more manageable, only 3% said “nothing, we are totally prepared”. The Brexit Transition Period ends on 31 December 2020 when the UK leaves the European Union’s single market and customs union. From 1 January Customs declarations and security filings will be required for goods moving between the UK and EU and between GB and Norther Ireland. For help and advice with Customs Declarations and Security Filings check out the Descartes Brexit Resource Centre. The full research findings can be found on the Haulage Exchange website.