UK freight forwarders/ brokers cannot recruit #customs specialists in sufficient numbers. The same way UK Gov cannot hire customs clerks, customs officials and the 500 border force officers Sajid Javid promised /1
First, as many incl @LeftPeggers pointed out, we don't have them in the UK (#customs is country specific, to a certain degree even within the EU, also not sure EU customs ppl would want to come work in the UK). /2
@LeftPeggers Second, customs is not something you can learn from a book as a lot of it requires direct experience. It's very different from other areas of tax where most rules are written down clearly (which still of course require direct experience)- customs rules are ambiguous at best /3
@LeftPeggers So all we can do in the time we have left is hire grads and train them to perform simple tasks. Which is very different from having reliable customs agents and which in itself will increase trade friction - your border processes are only as efficient as your customs ppl /4
@LeftPeggers All the customs ppl that retired (aka were asked to leave due to budget cuts) from HMRC in the last few years should be hired back immediately as consultants to help train new ppl /end
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