The terms of a new post-Brexit trade deal mean changes for many UK businesses which trade goods with the EU.
Businesses in Great Britain (GB) have been faced with disruption and delays due to the customs forms required to trade goods between the EU and UK which has created lots of new red tape.
Businesses that regularly export to the EU for next day delivery are finding that it now takes three or four days, or sometimes longer.
Businesses that import into the UK are also facing issues. The Wine Society in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, imports 12 million bottles a year, of which 70% come from the EU.
The main problem The Wine Society is now facing is that the import process from the EU is "unpredictable". "If one piece of paperwork is out of place, you've got to go through the whole process again," a spokesman for the society said.
That paperwork has to be completed by the vineyard, the freight company and The Wine Society. The increased administrative burden has led to increasing lead times on orders.
While the UK government has warned of disruption to trade, some businesses have not been able to fully prepare for the new trading environment. This means staff are spending their time on paperwork rather than finding new distributors or dealing with enquiries from current customers.
Businesses do have the option of appointing a customs agent such as Tudor International Freight who can prepare and submit all the required customs declarations.
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