The RHA has welcomed the Government’s delay of post-Brexit SPS import checks until October.
The association said that the delay “buys extra time” for traders and hauliers to prepare for the new border arrangements.
Richard Burnett, Chief Executive of the RHA said: “[The government’s] announcement will, lessen the headache for many international hauliers, still reeling for the tidal wave of additional red tape that has beset them since the transition period ended on 31 December 2020.”
However, he added: “It is not a universal fix: we cannot be confident that operators will even be ready at the end of the extension period on 1 October. I am concerned that it weakens the UK Government’s negotiating leverage when asking for similar easements from the EU for UK businesses attempting to trade with them.”