Inquiry launched on Brexit: customs arrangements

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17 April 2018

The EU External Affairs Sub-Committee launches a new inquiry into future customs arrangements after Brexit.


The House of Lords EU Committee and its six Sub-Committees are conducting a co-ordinated series of short inquiries looking at the key issues that will arise in the forthcoming negotiations on Brexit.

Focus of the inquiry

This inquiry will consider issues including:

  • Possible technological solutions to be implemented at the UK-EU border after Brexit;
  • Financial and staff resources required by both the Government and businesses to implement new arrangements;
  • The new Customs Declaration Service (CDS) system and its compatibility with new customs arrangements; and
  • The estimated timeframe to develop and implement new customs arrangements.


The Committee will hold oral evidence sessions for the inquiry from 19 April 2018.


Thursday 19 April 2018 in Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster

At 11.30am

  • Mr James Hookham, Deputy CEO, Freight Transport Association; and
  • Mr Clive Broadley, FTA Consultant, Freight Transport Association.

Likely questions

  • What are the current requirements for customs declarations and paperwork for a UK company trading with non-EU countries?
  • How much administration could be eliminated by technological solutions?
  • To what extent could the new customs arrangements be facilitated by the Customs Declaration Service (CDS) system? What other systems would need to be put in place?
  • Do EU-27 countries have the capacity to implement changes to accommodate the new relationship with the UK?

Further information

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