UK government institutes charges on food-based European imports

The Port of Dover in southern England
The Port of Dover in southern England, where many goods enter the U.K. from Europe | Photo courtesy of Pandora Pictures/Shutterstock
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The price of importing seafood products into the U.K. from the E.U. will become more expensive from 30 April onward, following the U.K. government’s confirmation of new charges for goods entering the country through the Port of Dover and the Eurotunnel at Folkstone – two of the main entry points for European goods.

According to the new regulation, businesses importing consignments of animal and plant products that are eligible for sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) checks at government-run border control posts (BCPs) in England will have to pay “common user charges,” which will apply even if authorities do not select consignments for SPS checks.

Post-Brexit red tape and higher costs have been a focal point of many import-export business in both the U.K. and E.U. Salmon Scotland CEO Tavish Scott has specifically called on the next U.K. government, which will be elected no later than January 2025, to ensure the challenges facing businesses in both blocs eventually abate.

“We need the next U.K. government – whatever formation it is – to ease the burden on exporters so that sectors like ours can sell more Scottish produce, delivering economic growth and creating jobs here at home,” he said.

The new charges will be based on the “commodity line” of the goods being imported and will be capped at GBP 145 (USD 184, EUR 169) for mixed consignments. Individual products will face charges of up to ...

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