On BOMB (Border Operating Model Bollox) I have no inclination to read it in depth but from what I have I see nothing new to prevent "disaster area" if not "disaster area with rocket boosters"..for me it just raises more questions? Where is the sufficiently trained competent staff
and facilities coming from for all these new sites? Even if they are available in *any* capacity? What about drivers' hours and transit times? Perishables? any slight delay/increased transit through these sites will render the shipments worthless. ICDs with BCPs should be as
close to port of arrival as possible: puzzled at how they will police/monitor driver accompanied loads to sites. More "smartfreight"? Joy! And don't see much on non specialist goods that make up majority of imports shipments.. SMEs are going to be overwhelmed with procedures
/tech stuff/even HS codes & Incoterms.
I know the majority will be expecting a freight forwarder/customs agent to sort it all out for them....only there will not be enough ('50,000' extra intermediates) of them. In fact many forwarders will be stuggling to upskill existing staff

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6 Oct
From a forwarder
"I made a precis of the UK’s ‘Border Operating Model, a 206-page document. Even the precis is 13 pages long & highly technical. I feel sure you probably can’t be bothered. It is difficult to read even for the experienced. More to t'point, it’s riddled with holes
So why bother? At least until those behind it wake up & smell the coffee. We have created basic process maps for what they are worth. Unfortunately, the Model displays such deficiencies that I was forced to use best guesses, the experience of my colleagues and myself and logic
to try to plug the gaps. The trouble is, those advising the government don’t appear to be using a lot of logic.
Neither do they seem to be asking the people on the ground who have the right knowledge? It is without surprise that it has emerged that version two of the Model
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5 Oct
Ok so statements of the bleeding obvious that were somehow successfully dismissed as 'project fear' (now 'project here')

1/ leaving CU & SM will cause intractable problems over border in IRL. Automatic, now different customs & regulatory zones, border posts need to go somewhere
2/ leaving CU & SM means automatic need for greater space, staff & time for customs & regulatory processes at ports of entry/exit. (that UK doesn't have)

3/ leaving the CU means an extra 220m customs decs pa costs adding up alone to more than UK former EU annual contribution.
And to rules of origin complications far in excess of these costs

4/ leaving the SM means duplication of regulatory bodies & NTB/SPS compliance costs at vast expense, which combined with leaving CU (NTB) costs, meaning very obvious business job losses, contractions & failures
Read 6 tweets
2 Oct
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)
Read 4 tweets
24 Sep
Further to Morrisons/Gibraltar .. from a friend "There is broader piece here about UK retailers supplying EU stores from UK warehouses, as many do at present. I know JD Sports is looking at ways to avoid potential of (eg) paying tariffs on trainers made in China on entry
to the UK, then again on entry into EU. Basically means building out distribution infrastructure in EU - Belgium seems a popular choice. And jobs there instead of jobs here. But hey, blue passports"
Their interim results statement: "We are very conscious that the UK's transition
period with the EU ends at the end of this year and, at this stage, there is a significant risk that the UK may exit that transition period with either no agreement or with perhaps just a very basic and limited free trade agreement. Given the current status of our supply chain
Read 5 tweets
23 Sep
It's gets better folks *REF GIBRALTOR* ..
A friend just brought to my attention the Gibraltar technical briefs and hasn't stopped laughing. Basically non animal goods from UK are subject to BCP in France, however animal/plant origin will have to (SPS) clear EU/Gib BIP
and the border between Spain and Gib is not a BIP and never will. So they goods will have to go to....... Wait for it..... The Port of Agetcira!
And then shipped across to Gibraltar.
That's Morrisons fucked!
Read 5 tweets
22 Sep
I have just watched the recent Treasury Select Commttee..

I do wish they would invite on EX customs officers, EX port authority representatives & EX logistics/forwarding representatives for more honest appraisals (inc "Light Touch" smuggling) rather than career orientated ones.
@AnnaJerzewska about the only one to convey gravity of situaton UK in

and she made a very good point about the NI TSS .it *had* better be successful
From a friend .."Watched it for 2 hours, then lost will to live. Port guy"smug" lots of "if, buts, maybe, possible, when, need more detail. The point I took away was, like an orchestra, you need whole lot playing in tune to possibly succeed. he odds? Pie in the sky. Not a prayer"
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