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If there is no deal and no preparation on the UK side for increased custom inspections, I would expect the imports from the EU not to be checked. After all, customs inspections don't inspect every lorry today. If there's a toll to be payed and no inspections, maybe some people will be less than honest, but that is less of a problem than if food stores would go without supplies.
by fjallstrom on Wed Aug 30th, 2017 at 10:57:16 PM EST
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You would expect customs to expand and adapt in the first few weeks and months after a cliff edge Brexit, but who knows? There is NO customs infrastructure on the Irish land border and no plans to build any...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Aug 30th, 2017 at 11:23:44 PM EST
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Should there be a pressing need surely temporary structures could be delivered and set up while permanent structures were being built.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Aug 31st, 2017 at 03:30:21 AM EST
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As far as the Irish government is concerned, there is a pressing need to find all manner of reasons why it simply can't be done.  Because doing so would be a political disaster...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Aug 31st, 2017 at 08:53:34 AM EST
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The UK has a new computerised customs system (CDS) scheduled to be delivered in January 2019. It is designed for 60 million (checks?) per year. The Freight Transport Association suggests that this would have to increase to 300 million [under WTO rules?].

Politico reported in March that even the initial delivery for Jan 2019 is in doubt, referring to the treasury Select Committee discussions.

Has the UK governement ever delivered a successful software system on time and to budget, never mind scaled one up by a factor of five during development

by oldremainmer48 on Thu Aug 31st, 2017 at 07:00:10 AM EST
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Does this mean that they won't be able to handle even imports from the US, let alone the EU?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Aug 31st, 2017 at 07:05:39 AM EST
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I have read reports of a scheduled live date in March 2019 which would leave virtually no time for debugging the software and any hardware glitches.  However provided Brexit doesn't introduce a whole new set of rules the actually scaling up from 60 to 300 Million transactions shouldn't present too much of a problem, given modern database and hardware designs, and provided there are enough physical bar code scanners and personnel to input all the data.  There is never a good time to introduce a major software change, but doing so at the point of Brexit seems to be just asking for trouble.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Aug 31st, 2017 at 08:49:04 AM EST
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There is a mistype in the Politico Link which should be

Politico

by oldremainmer48 on Thu Aug 31st, 2017 at 09:59:07 AM EST
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