The Rail Delivery Group wants the Government to create new Railway Customs Areas (RCAs), to keep international rail freight deliveries on track after the UK leaves the European Union.
At present, rail freight inside the EU operates without the need for customs decelerations, although there is a site at either side of the Channel Tunnel which is used for safety and security inspections.
The RDG warned that if the UK’s site (located at Dollands Moor in Kent) were to be converted for customs use, a backlog could be created, leading to congestion and delays that would have a particular impact on ‘just in time’ deliveries.
Instead, the RDG wants each rail freight terminal to be fitted with an RCA, to ensure items can reach their destinations without delay.
Hans-Georg Werner, chief executive of DB Cargo UK and chairman of the RDG Freight Board, said: “Every day our trains move tonnes of produce, goods and materials which keep the shops full and businesses moving. We will work with government to find a solution which is financially sustainable and underpin the future of £1.7 billion benefits of rail freight for Britain, providing opportunities for business across the country after we leave the European Union.”
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