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But all those goods already have to be customs cleared in the UK port of entry, as it will usually be the first port of discharge inside the EU.

The additional customs work really "only" pertains to the 80 % or so of UK trade that is with the EU-26.

But really the logistics of customs clearing is the least of the issues - nowhere near every import is currently inspected anyway, so you can simply cut the inspection rate by 80 % and proceed as before, at least while you build capacity.

The documentation requirements that go along with imposing a hard customs border are much more onerous than the physical inspection regime.

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Aug 16th, 2017 at 05:52:46 PM EST
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