The Modernized Customs Code entered into force in 2008 simplifies procedures, for example computerizing and centralizing transactions.
The gap between ‘have' and ‘have not' is still widening in 2015. Therefore, the country presents a contrasted picture. This is illustrated in many ways: for example, while the country is highly urbanized, it places a high value on country living. Consumer loyalty has weakened due to increased mobility and easy accessibility to product information. Thus, consumers are increasingly shopping around for the best deals and stores offer loyalty schemes to keep their custom.
Roads are dense and effective. United Kingdom is a powerful market of the European road transport and since the market was liberalized on the European level, this sector has undergone strong upheavals. The government, through the Department of Transport, has called on the private sector to finance the creation, financing and construction of new roads, and a toll-system on highways will be the next step.
Various plans of improvement of the railway infrastructure such as the modernization of tracks in West Midlands, a high speed connection between South and North as well as a project joining the East and the West are under study.
Since December 1994, Great Britain has been connected with the European continent by the Channel, exploited by Eurotunnel company and the train Euro star (Eurotunnel). An overview of the British rail system can be found on Rail.co.uk.
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