Brexit Ensnares Percy Pig as U.K.-EU Trade Headaches MultiplyBloomberg

  • Marks & Spencer said today that deliveries to their stores in the EU are facing red tape and approximately a third of the food products sold in Ireland may be impacted by the new trade rules.
  • Percy Pigs have traditionally been manufactured in Germany and the retailer has received the deliveries in the UK before sending them on to Ireland.
  • However, sending them straight on to Ireland with no processing may now trigger tariffs.
  • Other retailers are also facing difficulties with the complex new rules – Debenhams, John Lewis, Asos and Fortnum & Mason have all suspended deliveries to Ireland as a result.
  • Some UK businesses worry that the increased burdens of additional customs paperwork and complex rules of origin means that selling to EU markets may be uneconomic and may ultimately damage UK competitiveness.

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Scottish fishermen halt exports due to Brexit red tapeReuters

  • Fish exporters have halted exports to the EU due to the new customs formalities required.
  • Health certificates, customs declarations and other paperwork is needed to ship the produce from the UK to the EU, which adds time and cost to each delivery.
  • In the single market, European food could be processed and packed in Britain and then returned to the EU for sale. However the new trade deal does not simplify all interactions between the EU and UK.
  • Fishing trade bodies said mistakes in filling out paperwork meant entire consignments were being checked and causing delays.
  • While these issues should be resolved with time, Seafood Scotland warned they could see the “destruction of a centuries-old market” if it does not.
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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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