BMF response to Public Accounts Committee warning
Responding to today’s warning from the Public Accounts Committee that it could be ‘catastrophic’ if a viable customs system was not in place at the time of Brexit, John Newcomb, Chief Executive of the BMF said:
“We welcome the Public Accounts Committee highlighting the very severe concerns business has about the ability of our Customs’ system to deliver in a post-Brexit environment.
“We agree that a failure to sort out the Customs Declaration Service in time would be catastrophic for the building materials industry.
“Builders merchants are already facing significant material price rises due to currency fluctuations and, from our engagement with government so far, we have concerns that proper consideration is not being given to other obstacles that may hamper trade.
“For essential building material supplies, such as timber, a failure from the Government to deliver a viable customs system could mean very severe delays, extra costs, administrative burdens and shortages that threaten the building of new homes that we so desperately needed”.