March 22, 2021, 9:25 p.m.
London (dpa) The sanctions imposed by Brexit are putting great pressure on British foreign trade. Food exports to the EU have fallen sharply.
Food exports from the UK to the EU fell by a quarter in January compared to the same month last year. This was announced by the Food and Beverage Federation (FDF) of the British Food Association.
Less than 80 percent of food from Great Britain was exported to Germany. The worst affected areas are salmon 98 percent, beef 91 percent and pork 86 percent. British Export Success Whiskey fell 63 percent.
The association attributed the decline in exports to free trade barriers caused by Brexit. For example, these are food certificates. In addition, British companies in the EU topped their inventory earlier this year before leaving the domestic market and customs EU. Corona virus infection also plays a secondary role. In comparison, exports to non-EU countries fell by only about 11 percent.
Dominic Gowdy, in charge of international trade at the FDF, said the decline in exports to the EU was “very worrying”. Gowdy said businesses face significant challenges when doing business with the EU. He warned that this would happen to EU exporters if Great Britain carried out its physical tests in full next year. Various transition periods currently apply.
Imports from the EU also fell for the most part, though not to the same extent. In the first month of this year, the UK imported about 34 per cent less food from Germany than in January 2020.
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