A six-month push back on post-Brexit border checks has been announced to give businesses more time to prepare for new procedures.
Physical checks will now move back from July to January 2022, easing the race to build new border control posts, while health certificate requirements will be put on hold to October - having previously been due on April 1.
"This will enable our trade to continue to flow fluidly until the new facilities are complete."
Cabinet Office Minister Lord Frost said it would help companies ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic to focus on "getting back on their feet".
Richard Ballantyne, chief executive of the British Ports Association which represents all of the UK’s main roll-on roll-off ports at which vehicles will be subject to new checks, said:
”This is excellent news and we welcome the government’s pragmatic decision.
"Much of the infrastructure being built to facilitate these border controls is unlikely to be ready by July so this move enables ports to prepare better for what will be a major change in our trading relationship with Europe.
“We had asked the government to consider this extension and so are delighted that ministers have acted. This will enable our trade to continue to flow fluidly until the new facilities are complete.
“Of course, there is much to do and once completed these border processes will introduce major changes at ports but this extension goes a long way to helping ports and the logistics industry get ready.”
Source: Business Live