British meat processors set up shop in EU as Brexit hammers exports – BMPA

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LONDON (Reuters) – British meat processors are registering businesses in the European Union in order to bypass post-Brexit export delays, with flows just 50% of normal levels and costs soaring, the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) said on Tuesday.

The move means Britain is losing jobs, the industry group warned, as delays caused by customs checks at the border have all but halted small lorry loads of mixed meat products heading to the EU and Northern Ireland.

This has in turn prompted companies to register businesses in the EU with a view to setting up processing facilities that will allow them to trade with European customers and avoid exports delays and soaring costs.

About 40% of British meat trade with the EU is sent in mixed or “grouped” loads.
“It’s now not viable to send a single lorry load of mixed products to different EU or Northern Irish customers to stock their shelves for the following few days,” said Nick Allen, chief executive of the BMPA.

“The new system is adding an average of 30 hours into the (export) process; and costs are now around 60% higher than last year,” he added, citing additional customs and veterinary charges, and soaring haulage and insurance costs.



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