The RHA is warning that customs posts on either side of the Irish border would harm the economy.

The warning has been prompted by reports that the government is proposing customs clearance zones be set up to check goods and paperwork.

The RHA responded to the reports by warning that any customs formalities would lead to delays and increased costs.

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RHA Northern Ireland policy manager John Martin is urging the government to strike a deal with the EU which will keep goods flowing freely across the border.

“All parties need to take stock, drop the red lines and compromise to solve the problem. Time is running out and all parties around the table need to stop political posturing and make a deal.

“If reports that the Government proposes customs posts are true it’s clear they haven’t been listening to businesses in Northern Ireland.

“It’s crucial we maintain unfettered access both ways to ensure the continued and efficient movement of goods.”