Gove agrees to meet with RHA to discuss customs and border concerns

Within a week of RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett making an urgent request to Michael Gove MP in his capacity as Minister for the Cabinet Office, the Association has received a reply from Mr Gove’s office confirming that he will arrange a roundtable discussion between industry representatives and members of the Cabinet Office.

In the letter Richard Burnett raised long-standing industry concerns about new customs IT systems, border infrastructure and a lack of movement on recruiting and training the 50,000 new customs agents which firms will need to manage extra red tape next year.

He said: “I’m greatly encouraged that Mr Gove has responded so quickly. Like us, he is obviously concerned about the Government’s post-transition plans for hauliers.

“With only 81 working days left until the transition period ends we have to make sure that we can achieve a solution that works for everyone.”

In his reply, Mr Gove said: “I agree that a further roundtable would be useful and have asked my office to arrange such a meeting.

“My officials will work closely with you to ensure we have a specific list of industry proposals to discuss under each of the headings you’ve suggested.”