London (Associated Press)-New post-Brexit customs rules for goods shipped from the European Union to the UK will take effect on Saturday, and a leading food industry agency warned that new border control measures may lead to food shortages.
Starting from January 1, importers must make a complete customs declaration for goods entering the UK from the European Union or other countries. Companies will no longer be allowed to delay the completion of complete import declarations for up to 175 days-this is a measure taken in response to the interruption of Brexit.
The British Frozen Food Federation said this week that new restrictions on plant and animal products from the European Union may cause major delays in the New Year’s port, because some of the supply chain-especially the logistics companies in the EU-may not change. be prepared.
“We are concerned that there is not enough planning to ensure that everyone in the food supply chain understands the new requirements,” said Richard Harlow, the chief executive of the federation.
He said: “We are only a few days away from the new rules, and we still worry that January may be a stressful month for our members.”
The new measures require companies to complete the correct paperwork at least four hours before the goods arrive at the British border, otherwise they may be turned away at the border. Animal and plant products must also have a certificate of origin.
Although drivers are required to declare their cargo and certificate of origin, it is expected that there will be minimal inspections before more stringent inspections begin in July 2022.
The UK imports five times the amount of food it exports to the European Union.
The United Kingdom left the European Union’s single market and customs union on December 31, 2020. Due to the impact of the pandemic, the new rules will take effect six months after the original plan, and companies say they need more time to prepare.
As political leaders continue to negotiate the Northern Ireland Agreement, Northern Ireland and Ireland are not affected by these changes.
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