Inland border facilities (IBFs) in Warrington and Ebbsfleet will close earlier than planned, according to HM Revenue and Customs.

It said testing at the Sevington and Holyhead IBFs showed that these larger facilities could handle all IBF traffic without the support of the smaller sites.

Therefore Ebbsfleet and Warrington IBFs will close on 13 November, ahead of the planned December closure date.

IBFs were introduced to deal with border control checks post-Brexit and allow HMRC to carry out documentation checks and physical inspections away from the UK’s busiest ports to help with the flow of goods in and out of the country.

Birmingham and North Weald IBFs closed down earlier this year.

Claire Dartington, HMRC director, said: “Inland border facilities are constantly under review to make sure they provide value for the taxpayer and meet the demands of traffic flow.

“We will continue to provide an excellent service and support the flow of trade through the Sevington and Holyhead IBF sites.”