Wrapped in Brexit red tape, a UK freight firm struggles to trade

02/02/2021 2:09:00 AM

Freight forwarders and customs brokers describe the overnight introduction of a full customs border as akin to Britain placing economic sanctions on itself

Freight forwarders and customs brokers describe the overnight introduction of a full customs border as akin to Britain placing economic sanctions on itself.

Freight forwarders and customs brokers describe the overnight introduction of a full customs border as akin to Britain placing economic sanctions on itself

post-Brexit trading , British logistics expert Jon Swallow has seen exports dive, prices rise, and customers so desperate that he is practically offering a counseling service.health certificates as the coronavirus pandemic also hits firms."ready" to cut electricity to the British island of Jersey -- just off the French coast -- should the United Kingdom not abide by clauses of the Brexit agreement regarding fisheries , French Maritime Minister Annick Girardin said Tuesday.Tata Motors is concerned by semiconductor shortages and Brexit-related supply disruptions as its luxury car sales recover, although the Indian automaker said on Friday, January 29, these had not yet hit production.

Swallow is one of thousands of freight forwarders and customs brokers based around Britain's biggest ports who have described the overnight introduction of a as akin to the country placing economic sanctions on itself.Britain's New Year's Eve departure from the European Union's orbit after 47 years of membership means exporters must now provide customs and safety declarations, health checks, and rules of origin details to trade with its biggest partner."I find it deeply frustrating and annoying that ministers have chosen not to listen to the industry and experts," RHA chief executive Richard Burnett told The Observer newspaper."We are now at a disadvantage to people trading within the EU," Swallow, a co-director of Jordon Freight, told Reuters in his office next to the vast cranes that tower over Felixstowe docks, Britain's biggest container port, on the southeast coast of England."Regarding Jersey, I'll remind you, for example, of electricity transportation via undersea cable," she added."We're a very fast-paced business, but now we're just like walking through mud." "Thanks to the hard work of haulers and traders to prepare for change, disruption at the border has so far been minimal and freight movements are now close to normal levels, despite the COVID-19 pandemic," it said in a statement.There's just paperwork everywhere.JLR sales in China jumped 20.

" Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the face of the Brexit campaign, argued that a more nimble Britain would be able to trade globally if it cast off the shackles of what he said was an overly bureaucratic EU.com." The self-governing island of Jersey is one of the Channel Islands, sitting just 14 miles off the French coast.But those companies that trade goods between Britain and the bloc are paying a price , particularly small firms.While the EU applied full checks on goods entering from Britain, the UK is phasing in its own customs rules for imports over 6 months.Previously Swallow's firm, which moves up to 10,000 truck loads across Europe a year, would have handled an equal measure of imports and exports.In a statement, Jersey's Minister for External Relations, Sen.In January his exports and the price of bringing goods in has jumped.The Brexit trade deal agreed in December between Britain and its former EU partners, which avoided the risk of tariffs on automotive parts and finished vehicles, was largely in line with expectations, Balaji said.

Red tape He said many EU drivers were adding 400 pounds ($550) to the cost of driving into Britain so they were covered if they returned without any goods.The industry estimates up to half of the trucks going back to the EU are empty."However, the Government of Jersey has acted on legal advice, in good faith, and with due regard to non-discriminatory and scientific principles at every stage of these proceedings."We have calls daily at the moment with people, desperate," Swallow said."They need to get their goods moved before the buyer decides to go somewhere else.[But] it's too much.The UK and EU reached a post-Brexit trade agreement on December 24, which came into force on January 1 when Britain left the EU's single market and customs union.– Rappler.

They just can't comprehend all that needs to happen." As Swallow was speaking, a member of staff was slowly talking a customer through the steps now required, including producing commercial invoices, a packing list, an export accompanying document, a goods movement reference, and more.Make UK, the manufacturing trade body, said 60% of 189 companies it surveyed say they have suffered"significant disruption" despite having prepared themselves for Brexit." Girardin's threat is reminiscent of former French President Charles de Gaulle's blockade against the Principality of Monaco in October 1962 as part of a dispute over taxation.The government, which had warned that 7,000 trucks could be held in queues if traders were not ready, is working to help smaller firms adapt.Johnson acknowledged the teething problems but said there will be benefits for trade in the long term.

Swallow said bigger firms had generally performed better by throwing people and money at the problem.This story was first published on CNN.He is now worried about how companies will fare with full import checks."The game has changed," he said, adding that UK Plc had been based on the free flowing movement of goods."This is a hard Brexit, this is as hard as you can get without no deal.And the consequence of that is, there's just a lot to do.

" – Rappler.com.

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