I sometimes hesitate to tweet for "fear" of repeating myself too much....BUT...I feel the need !!!
There are 145,000 UK businesses that will need to complete customs formalities for the first time on 1/1.
There will be an additional approx 230m customs declarations a year...
Needing that approx additional 50,000 customs staff (& 5000 customs officers) . It takes at least (with continued supervision) a year (I'm being optimistic) to train an individual to handle relative routine inquiries given complexity of customs entries/correct accompanying dox
esp on SPS.

Without long extended continued "transition", it is *impossible* (along with needed interfaced IT processes & necessary oganised infrastuctue/processing sites) for whole UK (not just NI) to be customs capacity ready for 1/1
(or even 1/7 for that matter IMO)

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Those Brexit "opportunities" @AndreDenHouter 😳

Britain’s government may have (edit) *fucked* its preparations for Brexit, but the same cannot be said for the Dutch – the Netherlands likely to win a rush of post-Brexit business.
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"The general consensus from, forwarders, experts, and hauliers is this is going to be a ClusterFuck like no other.

2/
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