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Port director responds to Border Control Post readiness

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Mike Sellers, Portsmouth International Port’s director said: “With just over a month to go before physical checks take place at Border Control Posts and in order for the port to remain competitive, we are still waiting for details from the government on the Common User Charge (CUC) to be levied on food imports through government run facilities, so we know how charges will be applied to goods inspected at the port.

“It’s frustrating we’re unable to let our customers know how they will be affected, as they have understandably been asking what costs they’re likely to face.

“A helpful solution would be shared access to systems already in use, if the government gave permission that would be a start to improve complicated situation.

“All of the uncertainty makes it difficult for customers to budget for additional costs and for the port to efficiently introduce changes to goods coming through Portsmouth.”