The basic information system designed to prevent border chaos when the Britain eventually separated from European Union by the end of the year at what is now known as Brexit, it will not be fully tested and ready for use, according to Britain's largest commercial logistics team.
Government officials told Logistics UK that the Smart Freight System - designed to prevent congestion in key ports such as Dover - would go into beta in mid-December and not be completed until April.
The government says the system will be operational in December. However, the prospect of companies being forced to use a new information system to process billions of pounds from exports before being fully tested has prompted industry to warn of potential chaos. The system is at the heart of the government's strategy to avoid traffic congestion and delays for companies where customs controls will be imposed after Britain leaves the single market and the EU customs union. on December 31st.
"To find out, with just 14 weeks left, that there will be no ready-made, workable solution for those transporting goods to the EU. is a huge blow to UK businesses and economySaid Elizabeth de Jong, its policy director Logistics UK.
"The Smart Freight online service will be launched in January 2021 to minimize potential problems and we are working with businesses and the transport sector to ensure it is efficient and easy to use," said a spokesman for the Council of Ministers in London. Beta naming is a standard markup practice for a fully functional digital service, he added.
The revelation that such a key information system may not be fully tested within the required timeframe increases pressure on the government to handle Brexit. In recent days, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been criticized for threatening to violate international law by destroying part of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement it signed last year.
The Smart Freight System is a web portal designed to ensure that goods are properly documented when traveling in the EU. and reduce the risk of not passing customs checks.
With Britain outside the EU customs union, goods entering the rest of Europe from the UK will need customs clearance.
As part of this plan, the government is building facilities to hold them vehicles who do not have the correct documents. Truck drivers will also face fines of up to $ 386 if they attempt to enter Kent - the main port of Dover Port, which operates up to 10.000 trucks daily - without SFS approval.