Scottish Boats Told to Land Fewer Fish Due to Brexit Delays – Bloomberg

  • Scottish trawlermen have been told to catch fewer fish after new Brexit red tape caused long delays exporting their catch to the European Union.
  • Trucks carrying fish are facing four-hour waits to be cleared for onward transport and “we can’t guarantee we’ll get it into the marketplace,” said Jimmy Buchan, chief executive of the Scottish Seafood Association.
  • The U.K.’s fishing sector — which has been identified by the government as a major beneficiary of Brexit — is one of the worst-hit by new bureaucracy. Forms such as catch certificates and health documents issued by a vet are required to sell to the EU, its biggest export market, and a shortage of vets to issue the forms is causing delays, Buchan said.
  • “We’ve been ill-prepared,” Buchan said. “The government hasn’t listened to the warnings the industry has continually been giving.”
  • The National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations said there are problems moving fish into the French ports of Calais and Boulogne, and the first consignment of the year from Cornwall had “hit a brick wall of bureaucracy.” One consignment of fish was delayed for 48 hours and had spoiled, the NFFO said.

MPs told Brexit trader support service ‘not good enough’ – FT

  • A £355m government-funded support service set up to help British businesses deal with border issues thrown up by new post-Brexit trading arrangements for Northern Ireland is “simply not good enough”, MPs were warned on Wednesday.
  • Northern Irish trade group representatives complained that the Trader Support Service, a consortium led by IT company Fujitsu, was failing to deliver on its promises and was taking several hours to process some paperwork having initially promised customs declarations could be completed in 30 seconds.
  • Under the terms of the protocol all goods entering Northern Ireland must comply with EU customs rules, which require businesses to complete import declarations, customs forms and — after a grace period — complex paperwork to certify the safety of plant and animal products. 
  • Aodhán Connolly, the director of Northern Ireland Retail Consortium, said that teething troubles had been exacerbated by the government’s failure to communicate with business the scale of the changes that were coming. 
  • The complaints about the TSS emerged as British and Irish businesses experienced a range of teething problems in trading with both Northern Ireland and the Republic as they grappled with the new rules.  The extra bureaucracy of sending goods from Northern Ireland to Great Britain via Dublin, a key route for goods entering England, was “hugely problematic”, Mr Leheny said.

Customers in Europe hit by post-Brexit charges when buying from UK – The Guardian

  • Customers in Europe buying products ranging from furniture to pet food from UK companies are receiving unexpected bills for VAT and customs declarations or finding household names have stopped shipping to the continent, as post-Brexit trading rules bite.
  • Continental customers must both complete a customs declaration for goods imported from the UK – a procedure generally performed by transporters, for which consumers will be charged, frequently up to €20 per declaration – and pay national VAT.
  • Fortnum & Mason were unfortunately “unable to send any products to European countries at this current time, due to Brexit restrictions”.
  • Customers of the department store chain John Lewis have also been disappointed.
  • Several international platforms including Asos have halted deliveries to Europe from their UK sites, instead directing buyers to national versions in, for example, France.
  • An “import fees deposit”, meanwhile, is now automatically added to orders from continental Europe placed via Amazon’s UK website, nearly doubling the cost of some items and making it significantly cheaper to find an EU alternative.
  • Despite the tariff-free deal, customs duties will apply to goods ordered from the UK that do not originate from Britain. Goods ordered from and manufactured in the UK should not attract customs duty, but products ordered from the UK worth more than that €150 and shipped from outside Britain will.

Jessica's practice focuses on international trade and anti-bribery work, encompassing customs, export control and sanctions matters. Jessica's trade work includes advising international clients on fast-moving and evolving EU and UN sanctions, notably in respect of Iran and Russia, and on compliance with UK and EU export controls. Her trade experience also includes advising on tariff classification and customs valuations. Jessica's anti-bribery experience includes assisting with investigations, and advising clients on compliance with anti-bribery laws. Jessica has also taken a lead role in monitoring Brexit-related developments; analysing how they will affect the UK's trading position generally, and clients' businesses specifically. She has helped clients begin to conduct risk assessments of how Brexit will impact their businesses, and has assisted them in developing tailored Brexit strategies. Jessica also presents at various seminars, webinars, and conferences on the complexities of Brexit. Jessica advises global clients on complex issues arising from international transactions and works with clients across a number of sectors including pharmaceuticals, defence, finance, aviation, energy, and telecommunications. Jessica has also worked previously in Paris, and is fluent in French.

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