Delays at borders hit British meat exporters
British meat exports to the EU market are facing delays due to the new post-Brexit customs system and some of these products have already lost their shelf-life integrity, waiting to leave the British soil, according to the international press. For the first two weeks of January, British meat exporters have decided to curb the volumes shipped to the EU by 20% in order to have a rapid, clean customs check but that doesn't seem to be enough. The British meat industry warned on Monday of looming border chaos as post-Brexit customs checks between Britain and the European Union (EU) halt some cross-border meat flows. "The current paper-based customs and certifications system is a relic. It was never designed to cope with (an) integrated, just-in-time supply chain,” said Nick Allen, head of the BMPA, quoted by Reuters. Under a deal reached last month, British trade with the EU remains free of tariffs and quotas on goods, but exporters, especially fresh produce sellers, say their businesses are still threatened by delays caused by customs checks.
The BMPA said meat exporters have had consignments returned undelivered and that European customers are already turning away from UK suppliers. Moreover, some of Britain’s largest hauliers have ceased taking ‘grouped loads’ or consignments of mixed products, the BMPA said. About 40% of British meat trade with the EU is sent in this manner.
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