In two months, the United Kingdom will exhaust the transition period that the European Union granted to the British country to resolve the thousands of regulatory, phytosanitary, customs, tariff standards and the future relationship between the union of states and the Government of Boris Johnson. In a 2020 marked almost exclusively by the impact of the covid-19 pandemic, the departure of one of the most important partners of the European Union will be fully effective from 00:00 on January 1, 2021.
This fact, unusual since the creation of the continental entity, will mark a before and after in Burgos commerce, which is hurrying the days to adapt to the new demands that are marked from Brussels. At the beginning of the year, representatives of the Chamber of Commerce, the Burgos Transportation and Customs Center (Cetabsa) and the Government Sub-delegation met to address the situation and verify the pending deficiencies. Although some issues have already been remedied, there are others such as the lack of personnel that are making Cetabsa and the Chamber nervous. The manager of Asercomex and member of the Plenary of the latter body, Nacho SanMillán, assures that Customs still has a lack of personnel that must be resolved “as soon as possible”, so that they will contact the Sub-delegation of the Government to see how they can address and resolve these issues.
Among the positions that are not yet filled, SanMillán highlights the “urgent” reinforcement that the Ministry of Agriculture must do by incorporating more veterinarians, since with the arrival of Brexit the processes and procedures will grow. Within the health area they demand that the fixed place be granted to the pharmacist that operates in Customs and that currently works on commission. In the animal department, within health, SanMillán points out that the entry of new veterinarians is also necessary. “We do not have that figure, it is a place that existed for a long time but that years ago was amortized”, he indicates.
Regarding the Border Inspection Point (BIP) at the airport, a service that allows import controls to be passed -both of animal origin and dairy products- once they enter the European Union, the member of the Chamber of Commerce ensures that With the reinforcement of the personnel “we could make a transit, approach the airport and do the inspection ourselves.”
No plugs. Cetabsa and the Chamber of Commerce are also waiting for the Administrator of Railway Infrastructures (ADIF) to grant them permission to install towers where they can hook up the refrigerated containers that leave from the Dry Port bound for Barcelona.
Despite all these deficiencies still pending, others have already been resolved, as is the case of the Authorized Local for Export Merchandise (LAME). It was in the middle of summer when the Dry Port opened an enclosure that greatly facilitates the tasks when dispatching the material, and that will now be done together with the containers about to leave. Until now, any company that wanted to send merchandise had to present it previously at the Customs facilities to dispatch it. However, with the provision of this space in the Dry Port itself, from where all the containers depart by train or truck via road, the transfer is eliminated and the necessary procedures are carried out right there.