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U.K. Retreats on Plan for Strict Customs Checks After Brexit

  • Companies given six months to pay tariffs, file paperwork
  • Rules won’t apply to exports into the European Union
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The U.K. government backed down on plans to impose full border controls immediately after Brexit in an attempt to avoid piling an additional burden on businesses already struggling with the impact of coronavirus.

For the first half of next year, most firms moving goods into Britain will get six months to file customs declarations and pay any tariffs due whether the U.K.and the European Union reach a trade accord or not, the government said in a statement on Friday.