Tue Jan 12, 2021 5:09 pm
A few months ago we had an exec flight arrive from Switzerland. About 15 Border Force officers showed up with a few dogs. They were training ahead of Brexit, and we're happy to support them.
They wanted to go through everything, so I brought the passengers and a couple of officers to our building so they could do it in privacy whilst the aircraft was pulled apart on the ramp by the rest.
They started putting some cheese into a clear plastic bag. I asked why they were taking it, and they said because you couldn't bring POAO in from Switzerland, because it wasn't the EU. I was pretty sure because SWI is Schengen this wasn't the case, and the passenger started kicking off because he was travelling from his home in France, but flew from a Swiss airport.
So along comes the officer leading the training who waves a leaflet at me and shows how POAO may not come into the UK from outside the EU. I pointed him to read the next paragraph on his page where it said something along the lines of: "For the purposes of POAO, Norway, Switzerland, Channel Islands (and others) are deemed to be part of the EU". Of course that will have now changed.
The cheese was handed back.
But this has made me think about how I handle stuff coming into the UK - going to have to do some research!