Brexit Ensnares Percy Pig as U.K.-EU Trade Headaches Multiply – Bloomberg
- 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.
Scottish fishermen halt exports due to Brexit red tape – Reuters
- 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.