UK road haulage firms no longer able to provide services within the EU as part of the Single Market after Jan 1st

As of 1st January 2021, UK companies will no longer be able to perform transport services within the Union as part of the Single Market. The possibilities and conditions for EU and UK transport operators to perform services between the European Union and the United Kingdom will largely depend on the negotiations on the future EU-UK relationship in the area of transport.

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A paper released by the European Commission on Thursday, 'Getting ready for changes: Communication on readiness at the end of the transition period between the European Union and the United Kingdom' , outlines the consequences for UK companies of withdrawal from the EU, and in particular from the Single market.

Whilst haulage companies will continue to be able to transport goods and livestock to the continent, they will, as of January 31st, no longer be able to carry loads within the EU.

The same will apply to airlines, whether carrying passengers or goods.

Customs formalities required under Union law "will apply to all goods entering the customs territory of the Union from the United Kingdom, or leaving that customs territory to the United Kingdom", even in the case of a Free Trade Area being established.

Private citizens will also be subject to customs formalities, and also to restrictions on the amount of time they can stay in the EU.

Professional qualifications obtained in the UK will no longer be automatically recognised in the EU.

The full paper, which should not be considered as the "final word", can be accessed from here: https://ec.europa.eu/info/site...

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