The journal supporting Brexit, the Express To sent a plea to Lord Frost and Ursula von der Leyen to reopen the Brexit deal after it was revealed that UK exporters were caught in a litany of bureaucracy.
UK businesses could face up to 270 million new checks after the country leaves the European Union, leading many to reconsider just how sustainable exports to the continent could be.
British Chambers of Commerce have warned of a ‘rallying storm’ in the UK export market that threatens to derail long-term ambitions for a ‘truly global Britain’.
Shevaun Haviland, managing director of the group of companies, urged Brexit Minister Lord Frost and EU Vice President Maros Sefcovic to look at the “matter personally”.
She added: “Small and medium-sized exporters found themselves overwhelmed by an avalanche of bureaucracy and stuck in disruption, to the point that many were simply forced to stop selling to EU-based customers altogether.
“This is why we are calling on senior UK government ministers, as well as EU officials, to step in and urgently address the issues currently plaguing SMEs. [small and medium-sized] exporters.
Mike Cherry, President of the Federation of Small Businesses, added: “We urgently need to see policymakers on both sides of the Channel assess ways to alleviate the administrative burden for small exporters, who are often among our most innovative and profitable companies.
Exporters started to run into problems in January, as Scottish fishermen initially experienced delays in getting their fresh fish to mainland European markets, the Express reported.
These fears were reflected in the UK Chamber’s business confidence outlook for the first quarter of 2021.
The percentage of companies reporting increased export sales fell to 20%, from 22% in the fourth quarter of 2020.
The new post-Brexit regulations, which have been approved by the UK government, will mean businesses importing goods into the UK will need Export Health Certificates (EHCs) and various additional shipping documents.
HMRC data reveals that 270 million additional customs declarations are expected to be completed as a result of the additional checks.
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