Brexit delays hit cull sow trade

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The National Pig Association (NPA) said its processor members had reported excessive bureaucracy of new paperwork requirements was causing delays at ports.

And with pork a perishable product, the delays were making shipments unattractive to buyers in the EU.

The NPA highlighted the full impact of the new rules was yet to be felt, with UK export volumes lower than normal at this time of year.

Problems included a more stringent approach to assessing paperwork causing delays, not having enough veterinary capacity and additional paperwork taking hours to prepare.

NPA chief executive Dr Zoe Davies said there was a ’bureaucracy overload’ and while some was an inevitable consequence of Brexit, there was also a political element with far more UK consignments being checked than other third country exporters to the EU.



by Alex Black / Farmers Guardian

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