Port cranes are seen at Cherbourg Harbour, France, January 20, 2021. Brexit delays and customs checks have led to a surge in demand to ship goods in and out of Ireland direct to European ports like Cherbourg in France. – REUTERS
Exports from Britain to theEuropean Union fell by 68% in January as trade was disruptedafter the end of a transition period following Britain’sdeparture from the European Union, according to a trade bodyrepresenting hauliers.
Since the start of the year, businesses and hauliers havehad to adapt to new trading arrangements, including new systemsfor companies and officials in the British province of NorthernIreland.
Some businesses have struggled with new customs declarationsand health certificates as the coronavirus pandemic also hitsfirms.
International members at the Road Haulage Association (RHA)reported a 68% fall in exports in January, the group said onTwitter.
“I find it deeply frustrating and annoying that ministershave chosen not to listen to the industry and experts,” RHAChief Executive Richard Burnett told The Observer newspaper.
The government said it engages with the sector and does”not recognise the figure provided on exports.”
“Thanks to the hard work of hauliers and traders to preparefor change, disruption at the border has so far been minimal andfreight movements are now close to normal levels, despite theCOVID-19 pandemic,” it said in a statement