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Brexit. Why do Brits want Out of the EU?

 
 
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Tue 26 Jan, 2021 10:57 am
@Walter Hinteler,
'An absolute killer': small UK firms struggle with Brexit VAT rules
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Britain is no longer part of the EU VAT area, leading to extra costs for companies exporting to Europe

• Dutch warehouse boom as UK firms forced to invest abroad
• Move to EU to avoid Brexit fees, UK department says


Small British businesses exporting to the EU are struggling to navigate a new VAT regime, with one tax advisory firm receiving up to 200 calls a week from worried companies.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) said its members are facing “significant issues” as a result of leaving the EU VAT area. “Businesses just did not have enough time to prepare for this,” said Selwyn Stein, managing director of VAT IT, a firm that helps reclaim the sales tax. “They’re being hit by a rulebook from 27 separate countries, when they are used to dealing with the EU as a single bloc.

“They are calling us in a panic because their goods have been stopped and they don’t know what to do,” he said. “They have become fearful about trading so are stopping shipments until they have a resolution.”

The UK is no longer part of the single EU VAT area, which means the sales tax is now collected by each country. Bills must be settled upfront by the buyer, with a lack of preparedness on the part of exporters and purchasers resulting in shock demands for payment at the border in recent days.

Many small firms are having to consider registering for VAT in multiple jurisdictions for volumes in sales that are often relatively low, according to the FSB, which said the extra administrative burden could be off-putting.

Phil Ward, managing director of Bristol-based firm Eskimo, which sells designer radiators for up to £4,000, said he is considering moving some of its manufacturing to Poland to stay competitive. Brexit had dealt his business a blow, because the EU accounted for 25%-45% of its sales.

Eskimo has not exported anything so far this year as its main distributor has been unable to find a carrier willing to take the job.“We are the only designer and manufacturer of posh radiators in the UK – everything else is imported from Turkey or Italy,” said Ward, who is concerned it is a “hell of a lot more difficult” for EU buyers to deal with a British company than its main rivals, which are based in Italy.

Leaving the bloc also means UK firms can no longer exploit the VAT triangulation scheme, which makes cross-border trade easier between EU countries.

David Lee, managing director of Torqueflow-Sydex, an engineering company, said it is now charged VAT at 22% on goods manufactured by its Italian sister company, which are then sold to another EU country, because it is a UK entity.

“This is adding 22% on to our costs, which in a competitive market is an absolute killer,” said Lee.

Lee’s company’s options include directing shipments via the UK or registering as a tax entity in every EU country it trades with.

“I’ve been in the industry for over 30 years, working with Australia, Russia and the Middle East – this just makes everything look a joke,” he said.
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Tryagain
 
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Reply Wed 27 Jan, 2021 10:01 am
German media savages the EU for its vaccine shambles and tears into Ursula von der Leyen's UK jabs threat - while jealously admiring 'Brexit Brits' for ordering vaccines THREE MONTHS before Brussels.

German newspapers have today rounded on the EU over the slow pace of Covid vaccinations in Europe

One called the crisis 'an advert for Brexit', saying the EU acted slowly, bureaucratically, and is blaming others

Another tore apart EU chief Ursula von der Leyen's defence line by line, accusing her of placing 'junk' orders three months later than the UK, wasting time with bureaucracy and shirking responsibility for the problems

Both reports quoted an employee of vaccine-maker AstraZeneca who said: 'I understand Brexit better now.

The EU is acting 'slowly, bureaucratically and protectionist... and if something goes wrong, it's everyone else's fault' fumed a front-page editorial in Die Zeit, one of Germany's best-respected broadsheets.

Meanwhile Bild tore apart Von Der Leyen's explanation of the vaccine delays and threat to stop supplies heading to the UK line by line, accusing her of placing 'junk' orders for vaccines three months late.

The European Commission has threatened to block vaccine exports amid growing criticism of a slow rollout on the continent by adopting an EU first policy.
  
European health commissioner Stella Kyriakides accused AstraZeneca, which works with Oxford University on its vaccine, of failing to give a valid explanation for failing to deliver doses to the bloc.

At least for now, it appears the EU has little choice but to sit and wait as the UK and US vaccine programmes ramp up while its own effort trails behind.

Europe has been hit harder than any continent with coronavirus, suffering some 29.3million cases in total compared to second-place North America's 29million.

Meanwhile the continent has amassed some 670,000 deaths compared to 610,000 in North America.

In other damning EU news, the Netherlands saw another night of rioting after ministers introduced a new 9pm curfew - the country's first since it was occupied by the Nazis.

John Jorritsma, the mayor of Eindhoven which saw some of the worst of the violence, even went so far as to warn that 'we are on the path to civil war'.


Note: The UK is not part of the EU vaccination Programme and all those academics who wrote to the Guardian newspaper predicting doom, have been proved to be Putins puppets. The Guardian is financed by the Bill Gates Foundation. The Microsoft co-founder continues to deny plotting to use vaccines to microchip billions of people.

# SayNoToBillGates



LATEST UPDATE:

EU at war with AstraZeneca: Brussels say UK-made vaccines must go to Europe - a day after Ursula von der Leyen threatened to stop doses reaching Britain.

Production of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine has been suspended at a plant in Wales after it received a suspicious package.

Area cordoned off, army and bomb disposal on scene.
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 27 Jan, 2021 11:54 am
@Tryagain,
That's - more or less - correct. (You kindly left out those [German] media, who questioned the facts, like the public broadcasters, Spiegel, Süddeutsche, DW etc).

But congratulations, squire that the Brexiters knew all this in advance!
Tryagain
 
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Reply Wed 27 Jan, 2021 03:22 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
My kindness knows no bounds as I also left out the fake EU briefings that the vaccine was only 8% effective when given to the over 65's.

I also omitted the fact that I lost my decorum when entertained by two parishioners of the Reeperbahn, or as it was known at the time, die sündigste Meile.

However, Alles hat ein Ende, nur die Wurst hat zwei.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 28 Jan, 2021 09:23 am
EU-UK inaugural meeting 'postponed' after bloc ambassador's status downgrade
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Event delayed after UK refuses to grant EU ambassador same privileges as other diplomats

An inaugural meeting between the UK’s new head of mission to Brussels and senior EU officials in Brussels has been “postponed” in response to the status of the bloc’s ambassador in London being downgraded.

Lindsay Croisdale-Appleby, who was formally appointed this month to represent the UK in dealings with the EU institutions, was due to meet the chief aide to the European council president, Charles Michel, on Thursday.

The introductory meeting has been “postponed for the time being” by the EU, in what sources said was a tit-for-tat move over a long-running dispute.

Downing Street has been refusing to grant João Vale de Almeida, the EU’s ambassador to the UK, and his 25-strong mission the privileges and immunities afforded to diplomats under the Vienna convention.

The British government’s approach has stirred anger in Brussels as the EU has 142 other delegations around the world, each of which has full diplomatic status.
Tryagain
 
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Reply Fri 29 Jan, 2021 03:32 pm
The EU has today introduced vaccine controls that will allow it to block exports of jabs - including to the UK - amid a shambolic roll-out that has seen the bloc fall well behind its recently-departed neighbor.

Health minister Stella Kyriakides insisted that the measures are not intended to target any specific county, even as Croatia's PM branded the UK 'hijackers' while the EU's justice commissioner said Britain had started a 'war'.

At risk are 3.5million Pfizer BioNTech jabs that the UK is expecting to receive from Belgium in the coming weeks, that would leave older Britons waiting for life-saving first doses. The controls came into force just hours after the EU published a contract it signed with another vaccine-maker, AstraZeneca, in an attempt to force the firm to send jabs made in Britain to Europe - but legal experts say their position is 'unsustainable'.

Causing further embarrassment was the admission by German health minister Jens Spahn that the bloc has yet to buy any new Novavax jabs, even though the UK put pen to paper on a deal five months ago.
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Tryagain
 
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Reply Fri 29 Jan, 2021 05:21 pm
The EU is introducing controls on vaccines made in the bloc, including to Northern Ireland, amid a row about delivery shortfalls.

Under the Brexit deal, all products should be exported from the EU to Northern Ireland without checks.

But the EU believed this could be used to circumvent export controls, with NI becoming a backdoor to the wider UK.
NI First Minister Arlene Foster described the move as "an incredible act of hostility" by the EU.

The EU invoked Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol which allows parts of the deal to be unilaterally overridden.

The EU's actions are seen as an audacious move. Unionist politicians are incredulous.

Throughout the Brexit process the EU vehemently insisted there could be no border on the island of Ireland. For a while the entire trade deal hinged on this.
But now, to critics, it appears that principle has vanished over vaccines.

It begs the question, if the EU can decide to push this button on this, what else might they use it for in future?

An Irish government spokesman said Taoiseach (prime minister) Micheal Martin was currently in discussions with European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen to express Dublin's concerns.

DUP leader Arlene Foster said the EU had placed a "hard border" between Northern Ireland the Republic of Ireland.
"By triggering Article 16 in this manner, the European Union has once again shown it is prepared to use Northern Ireland when it suits their interests but in the most despicable manner - over the provision of a vaccine which is designed to save lives," she said.

"At the first opportunity the EU has placed a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland over the supply chain of the Coronavirus vaccine.

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Tryagain
 
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Reply Fri 29 Jan, 2021 06:04 pm
After a 'secret' intervention by US President Biden, the EU has reversed its decision to temporarily override part of the Brexit deal.

In a statement released late on Friday evening, the EU Commission said it was "not triggering the safeguard clause" of the Brexit deal, and the Northern Ireland Protocol would remain "unaffected".

The Good Friday agreement remains intact.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sat 30 Jan, 2021 06:02 am
@Walter Hinteler,
Northern Ireland’s first minister, Arlene Foster, has urged Boris Johnson to replace the NI protocol after the EU sparked a dispute over vaccine controls.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sat 30 Jan, 2021 10:34 am
UK firms plan to shift across Channel after Brexit chaos
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Hundreds of UK companies could switch operations to countries inside the EU in what is threatening to become a dramatic exodus of investment and jobs caused by Brexit.

The Observer can reveal that since 1 January, 500 businesses – mostly UK-owned, or UK-based with overseas owners – have made inquiries about setting up branches, depots or warehouses in the Netherlands for “Brexit-related reasons”.

If companies switch all or parts of their operations to Europe it will mean the loss of jobs, economic activity and tax revenue at home.

The figures have been compiled by the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency, which said that while most of the firms were already based in the UK, a minority were new companies from the US and Asia which had investigated a UK move, but had decided against investing here because of Brexit.

Lyne Biewinga, of the Netherlands British Chamber of Commerce, said she and her team had been working “night and day” on inquiries from UK companies in recent weeks.

Meanwhile, in an interview with this newspaper, Austria’s economic affairs minister, Margarete Schramböck, said inquiries from UK companies about moving to her country – which had been high for several years – had increased threefold since 1 January.

In 2019 and 2020, 50 UK-owned or UK-based firms established operations in Austria, according to the Austrian Business Agency. Twenty more had made inquiries in the last few weeks, when the UK left the single market and customs union for good.

“We have a lot of companies approaching us to come to Austria. From the UK it is three times higher than before,” said Schramböck. “It is all different kind of companies. It is IT companies, companies interested in R&D who are searching for a location in the EU. We have a special programme to help them and that is good for us. It had already started prior to Brexit but it has increased since Brexit, especially for small- and medium-sized companies.

“It is because they are not part of the European Union any more and they [now] have barriers. Even if there is a trade agreement they fear that the barriers will hinder them to do business inside the European Union.

“It is always good to be close to your customer and in this case the European market is a single market, so if you want to sell to the European market you have to have an imprint there.”
Tryagain
 
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Reply Sat 30 Jan, 2021 02:28 pm
EU BACKS DOWN on vaccine export ban: Brussels promises UK that it will NOT stop 3.5million Pfizer DOSES reaching Britain after being ridiculed over 'Trumpian' plan to divide Ireland.

The World Health Organisation also said the export ban was a 'very worrying trend'. 
  
Brussels has been under growing pressure from member states over its stunted vaccine programme, which has seen inoculations fall far behind the UK.

Vaccine appointments have been cancelled in France, Portugal, Spain and beyond because of dwindling supplies.
  
Ms von der Leyen faced personal scrutiny over her handling of the situation. She was savaged on the overnight European press, with the London correspondent for Germany's Die Welt paper saying she had committed an 'unforgettable Brexit own goal'.
 
France's Le Monde editorial called the move 'deplorable', adding that von der Leyen had 'fortunately' given up on the inflammatory border decision. 
 
In other news recent figures show that there are more than 400.000k French living in the UK, In fact more French people live in London than in Bordeaux, Nantes or Strasbourg and some now regard it as France's sixth biggest city in terms of population.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sun 31 Jan, 2021 01:55 am
@Walter Hinteler,
Despite the Brexit trade agreement, German industry currently sees considerable disruptions in the transport of goods to and from the UK. "We expect the bottlenecks to last at least until the middle of the year," said the Chief Executive of the Federation of German Industries (BDI), Joachim Lang, to the Deutsche Presse-Agentur. "This dramatically puts pan-European supply chains to the test. The preparations of the government in London and in many British companies have not been sufficient to cushion the additional bureaucracy and unnecessary border formalities."

Although companies had prepared well for the new trade barriers last year despite Corona, the disruptions hit many businesses hard, Lang said. "At the same time, trade is shrinking at the moment. Once trade volumes increase, we're in for a massive stress test."

With regard to the fight against the pandemic, Lang warned against a dispute about the distribution of Corona vaccines. This would be absolutely counterproductive. Europe is in the same boat. The primary goal of politics must be to avoid delivery delays in the health sector, Lang demanded. "Under no circumstances must bottlenecks in customs administration and logistics lead to supply difficulties in patient care. Otherwise, the Brexit consequences threaten to complicate pandemic management across Europe in the short term."

(Translated from a Spiegel report)

Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 3 Feb, 2021 07:02 am
@Walter Hinteler,
The UK has urged the EU to extend the Brexit “grace period” to 2023 in a bid to avoid more border chaos.
Bloc urged to delay full enforcement of checks on goods traded between Britain and Northern Ireland until 2023
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 4 Feb, 2021 09:27 am
@Walter Hinteler,
Ireland’s foreign minister dismisses request by DUP in escalating row over trade barriers in Irish Sea
Dublin and EU reject call to scrap Northern Ireland Brexit protocol
Quote:
The Brexit agreement’s Northern Ireland protocol will not be scrapped, the Irish government and the EU have said in an escalating row over the new trade barriers down the Irish Sea.

The Democratic Unionist party leader, Arlene Foster, has called for the measure designed to keep the Irish land border open to be replaced, but Dublin is focused on easing problems with the post-Brexit trade deal that have caused disruption at Irish ports.

The Irish foreign minister, Simon Coveney, told BBC Ulster “there is not going to be very dramatic change”, in the face of calls by the DUP for the protocol to be urgently axed.

“We want the protocol to function in a way that works for everyone, north and south, on the island of Ireland,” he said.

Foster hit back on the same programme, accusing Coveney of being “completely tone deaf to the concerns of unionism”.

On Wednesday the European commission vice-president, Maroš Šefčovič, said the UK and EU had a “shared commitment to the proper implementation of the protocol”.

He tweeted that this had been reiterated at a meeting with Michael Gove, Foster and Northern Ireland’s deputy first minister, Michelle O’Neill, on Wednesday night and they had agreed that “constructive solution-driven cooperation” was “essential to addressing outstanding issues”.

Gove and Šefčovič will meet again next week. It is understood a specialised committee dedicated to the working out of the protocol will be established in the coming days to move those talkson, with a meeting of the UK-EU joint committee chaired by Gove and Šefčovič pencilled in for mid March.
[...]
The UK is now demanding a two-year extension to the Brexit grace period for checks on trade but the EU made it clear last night it regarded article 16 as an ultimate on which it would not capitulate.

Efforts to de-escalate the row will do little to assuage the DUP’s opposition to the protocol.

Two days ago Foster, who is also Northern Ireland’s first minister, launched an official campaign to get the arrangements scrapped. At the same time she announced the party would be withdrawing from all engagements with the Irish government on matters relating to the protocol.

While many have considered the move a reflection of the binary politics that often define Northern Ireland, consumers and businesses agree the protocol has caused upset across all communities.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 4 Feb, 2021 01:15 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
The Guardian (opinion): The Guardian view on Northern Ireland and Brexit: stick with the protocol
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Because it is a difficult compromise, the protocol has few enthusiastic supporters. The EU and the Irish government dislike it because they dislike Brexit itself. The UK government dislikes it because it tarnishes the dream of a clean break with Europe. Northern Ireland unionists dislike it because it puts Northern Ireland in a special category, simultaneously part of a state that has left the EU but at the same time the only part of the UK still subject to the EU’s rules on trade and hygiene. This has the potential to become an existential challenge. The surprise is that it took so long to come to a head.


The surprise is that it took so long to come to a head.
I actually ask myself all the time (rhetorically only): why are people getting upset about the consequences of this compromise now?
Did these people only read the text now? Especially with regard to the difficulties of the last few days: they were reported long and wide during the negotiations - why didn't they understand that?
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Fri 5 Feb, 2021 01:53 am
@Walter Hinteler,
Livestock and live shellfish exports from the UK to mainland Europe are at a standstill as producers struggle with post-Brexit transport conditions.

In 2019, excluding lamb and cattle traded between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, a combined 31,000 cattle, sheep and goats were exported from the UK to the EU mainland. About 5% would have been exported for fattening for slaughter and the rest for breeding, the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) estimates.

Border control posts are where live animal paperwork and welfare is checked on arrival in the EU. Now that the UK is a third country for EU trade purposes, BCP checks are required.

Since 1 January, bivalve exports have been suspended indefinitely, owing to EU water quality rules for third countries that now apply to the UK.

Molluscs such as oysters, mussels, clams, cockles and scallops could continue to be exported to the EU if they were harvested from class A waters. However, less than 1.5% of English and Welsh waters were currently classified as class A for live molluscs.
(Via The Guardian)
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sun 7 Feb, 2021 12:45 am
@Walter Hinteler,
Hauliers say Cabinet Office minister ignored warnings, amid fears that worse is to come with introduction of import checks in July.

Fury at Gove as exports to EU slashed by 68% since Brexit
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The volume of exports going through British ports to the EU fell by a staggering 68% last month compared with January last year, mostly as a result of problems caused by Brexit, the Observer can reveal.

The dramatic drop in the volume of traffic carried on ferries and through the Channel tunnel has been reported to Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove by the Road Haulage Association after a survey of its international members. In a letter to Gove dated 1 February, the RHA’s chief executive, Richard Burnett, also told the minister he and his officials had repeatedly warned over several months of problems and called for measures to lessen difficulties – but had been largely ignored.

In particular he had made clear throughout last year there was an urgent need to increase the number of customs agents to help firms with mountains of extra paperwork. The number now, around 10,000, is still about a fifth of what the RHA says is required to handle the massive increase in paperwork facing exporters.

Burnett told the Observer that in addition to the 68% fall-off in exports, about 65%-75% of vehicles that had come over from the EU were going back empty because there were no goods for them to return with, due to hold-ups on the UK side, and because some UK companies had either temporarily or permanently halted exports to the EU. “I find it deeply frustrating and annoying that ministers have chosen not to listen to the industry and experts,” he said.

Contact with Gove had been limited and had achieved little over recent months. “Michael Gove is the master of extracting information from you and giving nothing back,” he said. “He responds on WhatsApp and says he got the letter but no written response comes. Pretty much every time we have written over the last six months he has not responded in writing. He tends to get officials to start working on things. But the responses are a complete waste of time because they don’t listen to what the issues were that we raised in the first place.”

According to the House of Commons library, UK exports to the EU were £294bn in 2019 (43% of all UK exports) while UK imports from the EU were £374bn (52% of the total). The overwhelming majority of exports to the EU from the UK go through ports rather than by air.

Richard Ballantyne, chief executive of the British Ports Association, said the 68% figure sounded “broadly in line” with his impressions of the drop-off in traffic. He said some but not all of the problems with extra paperwork that caused delays could be overcome in time, although he warned some businesses on both sides would look for new markets rather than try to deal with the added friction. Ballantyne also predicted a new set of difficulties in months to come as the infrastructure needed at the point when the UK introduces full import checks on goods from the EU on 1 July would not, in his view, be ready in time. This raised the prospect of a whole new set of issues affecting imports.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sun 7 Feb, 2021 11:40 am
@Walter Hinteler,
UK importers brace for 'disaster' as new Brexit customs checks loom
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Much of the focus on Brexit trade since January has been on UK exports, as the EU imposed its customs checks immediately – with hauliers reporting that the volume of exports going through British ports to the EU fell 68% last month compared with January 2020.

However, the British government chose a phased approach, postponing the introduction of certain import procedures by three to six months.

These grace periods were designed to give businesses more time to adapt to the new rules and ways of working, but many are set to expire shortly.,

The next big change is due on 1 April, when UK customs will begin controlling imports of animal products, including fishery produce and live bivalve molluscs such as mussels; food considered high-risk such as mince and sausages; and plants and plant products.

These checks, known as sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) controls, mean all the correct documentation is needed for each consignment arriving in the UK including import forms and health certificates signed by vets.

More changes occur in July, as traders moving goods must make their full customs declarations on entering the UK, rather than submitting forms at a later date. In addition, imports will have to enter the UK at specific locations known as border control posts.

More changes affecting certification and regulations of items such as medical devices have been given a longer transition period, until January 2022 and the start of 2023 in some cases.

The meat processing industry is concerned about April.

“If we have as much trouble importing as we are having exporting it could be quite challenging,” said Nick Allen, chief executive of the British Meat Processors Association.

The overwhelming majority of meat processors’ trade is with EU countries: the UK imports pork and beef from the continent, while exporting products including beef and lamb – a two-way trade worth £8.2bn a year to the British economy.

Once the grace periods end, if the paperwork accompanying a meat shipment is missing or incorrect, it cannot travel to its destination. Hold-ups at European ports because of problems with documentation for exports from the UK led to containers of British meat left rotting on the dock at Rotterdam.

“Delays cost money. If you have a lorry held up for 30 hours unexpectedly that causes a nightmare problem logistically,” Allen said. “Someone is waiting for that delivery, possibly waiting for it to go on the shelves and it is stuck on the port while someone gets the paperwork right.”
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Mon 8 Feb, 2021 12:21 am
@Walter Hinteler,
Whitehall rejects reports of 68% drop in goods exported and says freight flows at normal levels on some days.
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Whitehall sources vehemently rejected that claim, insisting freight flows were up to 95% or even 100% of normal levels on some days in January – though part of the RHA’s argument was that in many cases lorries were travelling back empty from the UK to the EU.

“We don’t recognise these figures at all,” said a Cabinet Office spokesperson, adding: “We know there are some specific issues and we are working with businesses to resolve them.”

A government spokesperson said: “Thanks to the hard work put in by hauliers and traders to get ready for the end of the Brexit transition period, there are no queues at the Short Straits, disruption at the border has so far been minimal and freight movements are now close to normal levels, despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

“As a responsible government, we made extensive preparations for a wide range of scenarios at the border, including the reasonable worst case. However, it appears increasingly unlikely that our reasonable worst case scenario will occur.”

However, the RHA’s figure was corroborated by Richard Ballantyne, the chief executive of the British Ports Association, who said it was “broadly in line” with his experience since new year.
The Guardian
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Tue 9 Feb, 2021 05:25 am
@Walter Hinteler,
Cornish fish get new names so more Brits will eat them:
The Cornish fishing industry is set to change the names of two of its most common catches to boost their appeal for British consumers after problems with post-Brexit exports to Europe.

Usually some 95% of megrim fish and 85% of spider crab caught off Cornwall have been exported to Spain, but trade has been disrupted this year by the extra paperwork and border checks demanded after Brexit.

Cornish fishing interests are instead looking to local markets, but the two catches in question have traditionally been less than appetising for British diners.

“There’s this negative thing with megrim – it’s a ‘grim’ connotation,” Paul Trebilcock, chief executive of the Cornish Fish Producers Organisation (CPPO) told The Times (paywall).
 

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