Truckpass developer Elandbridge has joined forces with customs brokerage and consultancy firm HABS Customs to set up customs and veterinary clearance facilities in Britain to enable the friction-free movement of goods in sealed containers between the UK mainland, Ireland and Northern Ireland.
The two firms will combine their expertise to help logistics companies overcome the border hold-ups created by Brexit red tape.
Elandbridge has developed the post-Brexit border technology TruckPass which uses blockchain, real-time GPS tracking and the Internet of Things (IoT) technology to fast track freight seamlessly across borders.
Meanwhile, HABS is a customs consultancy firm, formed by a group of ex-senior managers from HMRC, which provides an advisory service to logistics operators who require declarations to be made to clear their goods.
Charles Le Gallais, Elandbridge chief executive and founder said: “HABS Customs have an exceptional depth of understanding when it comes to border and logistics issues and it is significant for Elandbridge that they have been quick to see the potential our TruckPass brings to these problems.
“Clearly, by working together we are able to bring a powerful and effective answer to the serious challenges facing the haulage and logistic sectors, both now and into the future.”
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Martin Dubbey, managing director of HABS Customs, added: “The timing of the partnership is ideal in resolving the post-Brexit challenges.
“Our combined experience, technology and focus provide a real-world solution to the issues and problems presented by border crossings, both at the EU/Northern Ireland border and elsewhere in the world.
“By intelligently linking the latest technology with our deep subject knowledge we are able to provide security, integrity and accountability for every piece of cargo in every truck and, in effect, create a priority lane at the border.”
The partnership said its services will offer hauliers an alternative way of managing the flow of goods between Great Britain and Ireland, which reduces the visibility and perception of a border in the Irish Sea, whilst maintaining an open border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland (RoI) and enabling the flow of goods between RoI and the EU mainland, as well as the intra-UK land-bridge between the Port of Dublin and Northern Ireland.
Its technology will also provide customs and veterinary data for SPS-certified goods to the appropriate authorities simultaneously, real time tracking of consignments and will deliver real time warnings of any broken or tampered seals.
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