HMRC has written to advise of industrial action taking place on Wednesday 1st February 2023 at UK ports and airports.
- You may have seen reports that up to 100,000 civil service members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union will be going on strike on 1st February 2023. HMRC members will not be taking part but the industrial action will include UK-based Home Office members, including Border Force staff.
- The industrial action is likely to impact the movement of goods through UK ports and airports on 1st February, as well as those traveling to the UK from UK Border control to Calais, Dunkirk and Coquelles in Northern France. There may also be some disruption on the morning of 2nd February as business returns to normal.
HMRC advise if your shipments can be delayed outside of this period, then they advise you to do so. If you cannot delay movements please be aware that the industrial action could lead to disruption and delays at ports and inland Border Facilities. You should be prepared for delays and undertake necessary checks before starting any movement.