“The Government should urgently consult with councils on the likely impact on transport infrastructure."
Responding to the Government’s announcement that EU imports and exports will face the same checks as the rest of the world after the transition period ends, Cllr Kevin Bentley, Chairman of the LGA’s Brexit Taskforce, said:
“As port health authorities some councils are legally responsible for undertaking checks of certain imports, including live animals, as they enter the country.
“Currently, products arriving from Europe do not receive the same checks as imports from the rest of the world. Introducing equivalent checks for imports arriving from Europe will have a significant impact on the number of checks required and on the way these services operate.
“The Government should urgently consult with councils on the likely impact on transport infrastructure. The sooner councils receive clarity surrounding how these border controls will apply, the better they will be able to plan for them. In order to support councils to carry out a greater number of checks on goods arriving and to prevent disruption at ports, councils will also need additional resources and capacity, particularly environmental health officers and veterinary staff.
“We are committed to working with the Government to ensure new responsibilities are met with the appropriate levels of funding and staffing, and will continue to work with councils to identify issues which need to be addressed at national level.”