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Query on clearance points

22nd July 1966, Page 32
22nd July 1966
Page 32
Page 32, 22nd July 1966 — Query on clearance points
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IN a written answer to a question raised by Mr. Ian Lloyd, MP, on July 12, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury stated that about 25 applications had been received for the establishment of Customs clearance points for containers and other unit loads outside the present Customs area. Several applications were still under discussion, but 14 had been either granted or approved in principle.

This answer appeared to conflict with another answer given by the Financial Secretary to Mr. Lloyd, in which he stated that no vehicle containers or other unit loads were admitted to, or passed through, the UK on TIR carnets in the years 1960-65.

On the basis of the latter reply, it can only be assumed that the 14 inland clearance points are either not operating yet or, if operational, that they do not provide clearance for TIR traffic. The failure to provide such TIR facilities would detract very considerably from the overall value of such clearance points.

It is surprising to note that neither the Ministry of Transport, the British Shippers' Council, the RHA nor the TRTA have any information as to the whereabouts of these clearance points. It is difficult to understand why no publicity has been given to these facilities by Customs and Excise.

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