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Haulage bosses have called for an urgent meeting with cabinet ministers over concerns about “significant gaps” in the UK’s Brexit border preparations.

Eight logistics organisations have written to Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove warning that the UK-EU supply chain “will be severely disrupted” from January, if issues are not resolved by the end of the Brexit transition period.

Areas of concern include IT systems and physical border infrastructure.

The letter states: “As key participants in the supply chain who will be required to deliver a functional operating border for GB and EU traders next year, we have visibility of the current state of preparedness which, as it stands, has significant gaps.

“If these issues are not addressed, disruption to UK business and the supply chain that we all rely so heavily on will be severely disrupted.”

Logistics UK has also warned that the Smart Freight system is among the vital components that might not be ready in time.

Smart Freight is one of eight IT systems that hauliers will need to use to move goods between the UK and Europe from the beginning of next year.Read More…