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UK ports preparing to host EU customs checks

Christian Fernsby |
The shipping industry is drawing up plans for EU border checks in Britain for trade bound for Northern Ireland.

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Topics: PORTS    CUSTOMS    UK   

The BBC has learned that freight could be diverted through ports with space for inspections such as Liverpool and Stranraer, despite the government denying checks will be necessary.

Customs staff at the relevant ports could include EU representatives, under the details of the new withdrawal deal.

The government said it has secured a "great new deal." There is also a proposal for smaller "pop up labs" at ports mobile testing labs for health checks on food exports.

There has been at least one meeting this month between officials and shippers to discuss suitable ports.

One key issue is the diversion of freight to ports with enough capacity to process the freight traffic and carry out the necessary checks required by the Brexit deal.

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