Britain to fast track some perishable goods at ports from Jan. 1 - BBC
Britain to fast track some perishable goods at ports from Jan. 1 - BBC

Britain will fast track the movement of some perishable goods when its Brexit transition period with the European Union ends on December 31 as part of efforts to deal with expected disruption at British ports, the BBC reported on Saturday.

The British government has cautioned that even with a trade deal with the European Union, 7,000 trucks heading for Channel ports in south-east England could be held in 100-km (62-mile) queues if companies do not prepare the extra paperwork required.

The issue was discussed on Friday at a meeting of the Kent Resilience Forum  (KRF) of emergency services, officials and businesses. The BBC said a presentation it has seen identified room to fast track between 70 and 100 lorries a day of perishable foods.

It said the focus will be on live and fresh sea food, often transported from Scotland to French restaurants, and also day-old chickens, adding that no other commodities have been added to the list, which has worried other food exporters. The BBC further added that elements of the system are being tested this weekend.

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