BIFA challenges temporary storage plan

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The British International Freight Association is to meet HMRC in a bid to head of proposals that could lead to longer clearance times and increased costs.

The meeting later this week will discuss proposals covering the movement of goods to Enhanced Remote Transit Sheds (ERTS).

Director general Peter Quantrill said: “The ongoing review of proposed arrangements for temporary storage / ERTS came about largely because of BIFA’s lobbying against a Customs Information Paper issued in March 2011, which sought to clarify the rules governing the movement of goods entering temporary storage.

“There are in effect 12 proposals, many of which are acceptable to the association and its members and some having a positive impact including increased facilitation for AEOs and more coherent ERTS authorisations.

“However, one element that BIFA has significant reservations about, which have been forcibly made to HMRC, is the fact that under the new proposals a routed entry cannot be submitted to Customs prior to the goods physically arriving at an agent’s ERTS.

“We believe that this would potentially lead to longer clearance times and increased operating costs, for our members.

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