The government has denied claims that a new freight management system will not be ready when the EU transition period ends.

The system is seen as vital for preventing delays when post-Brexit freight arrangements come into place on 1 January.

One industry body had expressed concern that only a beta – or test – version would be available.

But the government insists it is a fully operational digital service.

The so-called Smart Freight system ensures that trucks are carrying the correct documentation before they travel to ports.

The new system is designed to reduce delays at ports, and to better manage traffic into Dover and queues of lorries building up along the M2 and M20 motorways in Kent.

Truck drivers could face a fine if they

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