Brexit: UK businesses totally unprepared for "wall of bureaucracy" after Dec. 31st

British companies face a wall of bureaucracy that threatens chaos at the border if they want to sell into the world’s biggest trading bloc after the current transition period ends on December 31st.

Britain’s exporters will have to complete a raft of paperwork including customs and safety declarations, and will have to learn how to cope with multiple IT systems to get their goods and services into the EU markets, Reuters reports.

At the time of writing UK companies have yet to see theses new IT systems; customs brokers have not been trained, nobody appears to know what information is required nor how the rules will be enforced. The logistics industry estimates an additional 215 million customs declarations will need to be filled in each year after Brexit.

“It’s going to be carnage,” Tony Shally, managing director of freight specialist Espace Europe, told Reuters. “We’ll be fire-fighting from the 1st of January.”

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