Brexit Border Checks on Food Could Be Delayed Under U.K Plan

Monday, March 8, 2021
The U.K. government is considering postponing the introduction of border checks on imports from the European Union to reduce the risk of disruption to supply chains this summer. David Frost, the minister who negotiated the Brexit trade deal with the EU and is now leading the U.K.’s relations with the bloc, has asked officials to review the timetable of the new border paperwork requirements, which are due to start from April 1, according to two people familiar with the matter. Britain has so far taken a light-touch approach to imports from the EU since Brexit, waiving customs requirements and allowing goods to enter freely. In contrast, the EU imposed full border controls on trade going the other way on Jan. 1, causing delays to shipments and a decline in freight volumes.
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