Brexit news: Draconian EU red tape leaves UK companies “abandoned” by bloc | Politics | New
UK exporters are slowly falling victim to the red tape and additional costs demanded by Brussels when shipping their goods to the continent. Cheese exports have been particularly hard hit due to costly certificate requirements on packaging sent to the EU single market. Producers of Hartington Creamery’s Derbyshire Stilton have said its fresh and perishable produce has been particularly affected by the rules.
Abigail Spurrell, a dairy farmer, told Euronews: “You have the implications of an expiration date, the best before date, then it goes out, then you throw out tons of cheese, which is obviously heartbreaking – because that obviously all your work is gone.
His father, Simon, director of Hartington, added: “We were promised a frictionless deal, that trade would continue exactly as before, and it was all complete and utter lies because what we are seeing is the complete and complete opposite. of that. . “
The company’s European activity has been “completely and utterly wiped out”, according to Spurrell.
He said the new costs – £ 180 per certificate, per destination, are unaffordable.
With the costs per shipment rising from £ 300 to £ 1,500, it is no longer economically viable for the company to do business with Europe.
It also takes three to four hours for five people to process the documents for each transaction sent to the EU single market.
“Our partners in Europe said ‘I’m sorry you’re too much to deal with’, and they abandoned us,” Spurrell said.
The loss of business means that a quarter of Hartington’s revenue has disappeared since Jan. 1.
The British government has advised the cheese producer to consider setting up an operation on the continent to circumvent draconian EU rules.
Mr Spurrell said: “They are on our doorstep, they are already a market that we know about. We had three distributors in Europe and that was naturally going to be our growth.
He said his company had received four requests from Holland, France, Germany and Poland to set up a hub there.
But the company ultimately decided it was too expensive and complained that the government had also failed to assure them that it was a safe option.
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This despite the trade and cooperation agreement between the United Kingdom and the EU paving the way for duty-free and quota-free trade between the two destinations.
Britain has since delayed the introduction of Brexit controls on food and animal products from the EU.
The measures were supposed to come into force in January but are postponed until July 2022.
This makes it easier for UK businesses to import goods from Europe in the aftermath of Brexit.
The EU has consistently refused to offer similar aid to British companies seeking to export to the bloc.