HMRC insists it is 'online and working as planned'

New post-Brexit IT system brings trucks importing goods to UK to a standstill

A new post-Brexit IT system is creating huge lorry queues in the EU. New Brexit restrictions were implemented on 1st January, meaning imports to Britain need to be processed through the Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS). reported that ‘Glasgow loves EU’ - a group formed to challenge the Brexit decision - reacted to the news that the GVMS is bringing lorries to a halt: “If only it was a laughing matter. The UK imports almost 50 per cent of its food and 84 per cent of its fresh fruit and is heavily reliant on EU countries such as Spain for vegetables and salads.”

Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs launched GVMS to support the movement of goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland in January 2021, although there was a delay in delivering full functionality, according to a report [PDF] from public spending watchdog the National Audit Office.

From 1 January 2022, hauliers and logistics organisations needed to use the system to get any goods that you move through a port in the UK through customs, according to the HMRC website. News of problems with the system are not likely to be reassuring to the NAO, which, as of November, reported that further changes were required before January 2022 when traders will need to submit a full customs declaration at the point of entry to Great Britain.


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