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The FSPA looks at the future of customs

The Federation of Sports and Play Associations (FSPA) has published its STAKEHOLDER RESPONSE to a Government paper asking for feedback regarding UK customs arrangements as we prepare to leave the EU.

The response to the paper – ‘Customs Bill: legislating for the UK’s future customs, VAT and excise regimes’ – ensures that the views of the sports and play industries are taken into account as the Government plans the future of UK customs.

Jane Montgomery, FSPA managing director, said: “If you’re in the sports or play industry and you import, export or both, it’s important that you read this document. The changes taking place –during the transitional period and as Brexit is implemented – will have an impact. How well your business handles these changes will be influenced by how well-prepared you are now.

“The ease with which our sports and play members can continue to do business is a critical concern. Our members need to be in a position where they can react quickly to any changes. The Government’s paper asked for comments on two broad approaches to future customs; a highly streamlined customs arrangement and a new customs partnership.

“Whichever model is eventually adopted, businesses will have to comply with new customs procedures and will need adequate information in sufficient time. We have emphasised to the Government the need for a concerted education and training programme to ensure our members have the skills needed to navigate the changes. It may be that many businesses will have to up-skill and invest, particularly with regard to IT systems and staff.

“A key finding from our members is that they want to understand and visualise the direction in which the Government wants to take its customs regime and a firm decision on which model will be adopted. They do not want two changes – one for the transitional period and another for implementation – and welcome the Government’s agreement on this as a goal.

“Above all else, our members want as much certainty over customs as is possible as we prepare for and implement Brexit.”

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