Feb 11, 2021 09:02 UTC
  • Half of UK exporters to EU reporting difficulties due to Brexit

Half of UK exporters to the European Union (EU) are having difficulties caused by Brexit red tape and border disruption one month on from the end of the transition period, a new poll shows.

According to a survey of 1,000 mainly small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), it is difficult for companies to adapt to changes in the trading of goods.

When asked how they were coping with the new system, they said increased administration, costs, delays, and confusion about which rules to obey are among their major concerns, according to the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).

BCC Director-General Adam Marshall warned that the UK is not likely to witness a strong economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic due to “changes at the border.”

“Trading businesses, and the UK's chances at a strong economic recovery, are being hit hard by changes at the border,” Marshall said.

“The late agreement of a UK-EU trade deal left businesses in the dark on the detail right until the last minute, so it's unsurprising to see that so many businesses are now experiencing practical difficulties on the ground as the new arrangements go live.”

Marshall went on to say that companies might have to stop selling their products and services to the bloc because of the new changes.

“For some firms these concerns are existential, and go well beyond mere 'teething problems'. It should not be the case that companies simply have to give up on selling their goods and services into the EU.”

This comes as reports show Amsterdam surpassed London as Europe’s largest sharing trading center in January, with the Netherlands taking up business lost from Britain since Brexit.

Marshall also warned that the situation could deteriorate if London introduces further checks in April and full customs checks on imports in July.